The social and economic security of students in the cross-border education market


The global education market is fast growing, volatile and strategically significant for Australia. It imposes social and economic risks on international students. Work on student choice suggests social and economic security is a key driver of decisions to enrol in Australia. But security, partly devolved to universities and informal networks, is under-theorised and there has been little empirical research.

Noting international students have human, consumer and employee rights, we:
1) analyse security issues affecting prospective students and actual students;
2) explain the division of security responsibilities among governments, market agents, civil society and families and
3) explore university and government management of security.

Articles published
Deumert, A., Marginson, S., Nyland, C., Ramia, G. and Sawir, E. (2005) Global migration and social protection rights: the social and economic security of cross-border students in Australia, Global Social Policy, 5 (3), pp. 329-352.

Sawir, E., Marginson, S., Deumert, A., Nyland, C. & Ramia, G., (2007) Loneliness and international students: an Australian study, Journal of Studies in International Education.

'Best paper' at the International Student Advisors Network of Australia conference:
Forbes-Mewett, H., Chung, M., Marginson, S., Nyland, C., Ramia, G., & Sawir, E., Income security of international students in Australia

Simon Marginson, Chris Nyland (Monash), Gaby Ramia (Monash), Mike Gallagher (ANU)
Australian Research Council