Chinese students flood back into Australia

An increasing number of Chinese academics are enrolling on college and university courses down under.

The Asian nation has had a strong affinity with Australia for many years, but changes to immigration laws a few years ago forced more Chinese people to study in the US and Great Britain instead.

However, the Australian reports that some Aussie institutions have seen applications from Chinese youngsters grow by as much as 20 per cent this year.

Greg Welsh – a spokesman for Macquarie University – told the news provider: "Applications and inquiries from Chinese students are up compared to the same time last year. Concerns about immigration are lessening, but it takes a while for changes to filter through."

Beverley Reilly of the University of Canberra recently said that the government's decision to allow graduates to secure a job up to two years after their course has finished has also made Australia more attractive to foreigners.

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