Nepali students ditch Australia!

Nepali student numbers in Australia are dropping and the key reason for this is the reduced chance of getting permanent residency. So by how much have they actually dropped? This is what I found after checking the DIMA website - as of March 2011, there are 13327 Nepali students in Australia. In March 2010, there were 18539 Nepali students in Australia. This means that there has been a drop of 28.1% in the Nepali student numbers in Australia. Nepali students comprise 3.5% of the total student population in Australia and Nepal is the 7th largest contributor of students in Australia. In 2008-09, Nepal was ranked 3rd contributing 5% of the total student numbers in Australia.