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Send Foreign Students Home Says Aussie Politician

In the modern world, a nation’s wealth is as much identified by its intellectual strength as by natural resources Nations like Singapore or South Korea or Japan lack extensive natural resources, but they have developed a modern intellectual society in which educated people enable success in the market place of ideas. Australian MP Kelvin Thomson is upset that foreign students come to Australia, receive an education and then dare to request permanent residency. For some reason, this man of ignorance would prefer spending Australian intellectual resources to educate people and then send them back home. After all, who needs scientists or mathematicians or excellent medical staff, send them back home and deprive the Aussies of these valuable human resources.

Australia currently has a $15.5 billion education market which attracts bright students from throughout the world. Many seek to remain after completing their education and add to the intellectual base of Australia. Oh well, where ignorance is bliss, keep your mouth shut!

More Japanese Children Have Foreign Parents

Globalization increasingly is impacting nations that previously in history had not witnessed the presence of foreigners in their land. One out of 30 babies born in Japan in 2006 had at least one parent who originated from overseas. A survey by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, found that either one or both parents of 35,651 babies was born in another nation other than J Japan. This is further evidence an increasing number of foreign nationals are coming to Japan for employment or study and then deciding to settle in the land and become citizens. However, there are many legal barriers that still must be addressed in Japan regarding the rights of foreigners who live in their land. Around 19,000 of the babies had non-Japanese fathers, 26,000 had non-Japanese mothers, and 9,000 had parents who both were born abroad.

North and South Korean nationals formed the largest group among non-Japanese fathers, followed by Chinese and Brazilians. Among the non-Japanese mothers, Chinese were the largest group followed by women from the Philippines and North and South Korea. Of the newly registered marriages in 2006, 6.6% involved at least one foreign national.

A newly emerging education issue revolves around language concerns for children whose parents are of foreign birth. There are now thousands of children in Japanese schools who need language assistance.