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Indonesian students feel safer in Australia despite PM’s call to go home

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 7 2020   /  01:18 am

As countries around world face the COVID-19 pandemic, some Indonesian students said that they felt safer staying in Australia, despite Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s statement that international students “make their way home”.

On Friday, Morrison advised holiday visa holders and foreign students who are unable to support themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic to return to their home countries as the country looks to reserve economic aid for its own citizens.

“As much as it’s lovely to have visitors to Australia in good times, at times like this, if you are a visitor in this country, it is time […] to make your way home,” Morrison after a Cabinet meeting on Friday, as quoted by Australian public broadcaster ABC.

Despite the prime minister’s statement, Dian Dini Primadani, the vice president of the Indonesian Student Association (PPIA) in S...