Cash cows, backdoor migrants, or activist citizens? International students, citizenship, and rights in Australia

Robertson, S 2011, 'Cash cows, backdoor migrants, or activist citizens? International students, citizenship, and rights in Australia', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. online, pp. 1-20.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Cash cows, backdoor migrants, or activist citizens? International students, citizenship, and rights in Australia
Author(s) Robertson, S
Year 2011
Journal name Ethnic and Racial Studies
Volume number online
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Since the late 1990s, the intersection of education and migration policies in Australia has shifted international students from transient consumers to potential citizens. This article analyses responses to the 'problem' of international students as consumers, workers, and migrants, particularly the conceptualization of their rights and protections, and the ways students have been positioned as both passive subjects and activist citizens. The article provides a theoretical review of academic, government, community, and media responses to international students in general and the consequences of the education-migration nexus in particular. It argues that discourses of human rights and consumer rights have become increasingly interconnected in these debates. This analysis adds to the emerging literature on changing conceptions of rights and citizenship in neoliberal contexts, and also illuminates the social and political consequences of the education-migration nexus in Australia. This will have resonance for countries who have implemented a raft of similar policies.
Subject Citizenship
Keyword(s) International students
Australia
migrants
rights
citizenship
discourse
DOI - identifier 10.1080/01419870.2011.558590
Copyright notice © 2011 Taylor & Francis
ISSN 1466-4356
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