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数千留学生在墨尔本排队领200澳元食物券

2020年6月3日 | 编辑: |

在澳留学生在冠状病毒疫情中难以获得帮助,墨尔本一个食品券项目显示对帮助的需求有多高。

墨尔本市政厅的“我们请客”食品券项目在36小时就收到17000名学生的申请,不得不设置上限。

这个给留学生200澳元食物券的项目本来只准备发给1000名学生。

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 01: International Students are seen lined up outside the Melbourne Town Hall on June 01, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. The City of Melbourne is distributing retail vouchers to support international students impacted by COVID-19 and boost trade at the Queen Victoria Market as part of its ‘Our Shout’ program. The $200,000 retail voucher program aims to support international students affected by job losses and housing insecurity with access to vouchers worth up to $200 each to spend at Queen Victoria Market. Lines extended around the block. The international student economy is worth $9.1 billion a year to the state of Victoria. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

周一在市政厅外拍的照片显示留学生在雨中排队申请。

澳洲留学生协会总裁Phil Honeywood 说这些学生只是“冰山一角”。他说留学生想要寻找帮助特别难。

“我们发现对很多年轻人 – 他们的第一语言可能不是英语 – 而言各个援助项目可能让一名澳洲学生都会混淆。”

Honeywood说澳洲可能在破坏自己作为一个欢迎留学生的地方的名声。

“很多困在这前所未有疫情中的留学生被告知应该回家。” 他说。“我们没有适当地协调我们对留学生的讯息,在那方面,我们失去了一些声誉。”

澳洲留学生理事会发言人 Mili Mishra说留学生面临的最大挑战是财务困难。

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 01: International Students are seen lined up outside the Melbourne Town Hall on June 01, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. The City of Melbourne is distributing retail vouchers to support international students impacted by COVID-19 and boost trade at the Queen Victoria Market as part of its ‘Our Shout’ program. The $200,000 retail voucher program aims to support international students affected by job losses and housing insecurity with access to vouchers worth up to $200 each to spend at Queen Victoria Market. Lines extended around the block. The international student economy is worth $9.1 billion a year to the state of Victoria. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

“一些留学生每天都挣扎于最基本的需求,有些在无家可归的边缘。而且远离亲友让他们倍感孤独和焦虑。”

维州州长安德鲁斯周二强调了重启留学生流动的重要性。

“我还没有一个具体日期因为有太多可变因素。我们有了一些卓有成效的讨论。有好几个州希望能尽快重启留学教育。”

国际生在2019年给维州带来约120亿澳元的收入。

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