As the coronavirus outbreak continues, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told visitor visa holders and international students the time has come to return to their home countries. After the National Cabinet meeting, Scott Morrison on Friday said that there is an alternative for them, who are in Australia under visa arrangements and cannot support themselves, to return to their home countries.
Responding to Morrison’s statement, Shiromani Akali Dal President took to Twitter and wrote: “Shocked by your statement Scott Morrison asking international students to leave Australia. It’s a shame that you want to throw out students who contributed to your economy in their time of need. I urge all Punjabis and Gurdwara mgts to look after these students.”
Shocked by your statement @ScottMorrisonMP asking Intn'l students to leave Australia. It’s a shame that you want to throw out students who contributed to your economy in their time of need. I urge all Punjabis & gurdwara mgts to look after these students.https://t.co/uzEZM205C8
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) April 5, 2020
Scott Morrison said that Australia must focus on its citizens and its residents to ensure that we can maximize the economic supports that we have. He said that those backpackers in Australia who are nurses or doctors or have other skills that can help the country during the crisis then there will be opportunities for them.
Meanwhile, Morrison said that the focus and priority are supporting Australians and Australian residents with the economic supports that are available.
Meanwhile, there are more than 500,000 international students in Australia, many of whom have lost jobs during the coronavirus outbreak. The novel coronavirus has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).