Australia offers Libyan students lifeline

2011-09-01 09:59

Sydney - Australia pledged Aus$1.5m (US$1.6m) on Thursday to help some 650 Libyan students left destitute by the turmoil in their home country to continue studying there.

Acting Foreign Minister Craig Emerson said the loan to the Libyan embassy would support the students and their families for the coming month, as world leaders work with rebels to help plot Tripoli's future.

"These students have come to Australia to pursue their studies in good faith," Emerson said.

"Many are under significant stress, and in addition to their current financial concerns are extremely worried for the welfare of family members in Libya," he added.

"We want to do everything we can to ensure that they are able to finish their courses in Australia, and return home to help in the rebuilding of their country."

Immigration authorities had also promised a "flexible" approach for Libyan students seeking to extend their visas, he added.

World leaders are due to meet in Paris on Thursday to discuss Libya's post-Gaddafi future, despite one of the fugitive dictator's sons pledging that loyalists would fight their rebel enemies to the death.

Thursday's conference, which will be attended by delegates from 60 countries, is expected to discuss funding for Libya as well as police training and diplomatic recognition for its new rulers.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-01 10:31

    Aussie= 1st world country with 1st world thinking

      McDaNife - 2011-09-01 11:15

      Yes why not ask them to continue their study in Australia. These auzies!

      grant9 - 2011-09-01 14:25

      @McDaNife, Read the article - they are in Australia!

  • Slingervel - 2011-09-01 10:40

    Great gesture!!Don't like the Aussies, but this is a top notch decision!

      Zee - 2011-09-01 11:23

      Agreed - Kudos to the Aussies!

  • Anton - 2011-09-01 10:49

    Great to see countries around the world, wanting to help the Libyan people. How sad, that Africa is not part of this goodwill !!!

  • RManne - 2011-09-01 11:03

    Good on you guys, well done!

  • WakeUpPeople - 2011-09-01 11:14

    The destruction of Libyan Sovereignty is an absurd crime that many seem to be cheering on. It doesn't seem to have occurred to people that NATO and the western powers behind this have now waged a war by proxy. Even if one does a small amount of research on the topic it is easy to see that Libya did not want this. in January of this year the UN issued a report on Libya's Human Rights record. This record should be read by anyone wishing to respond to this comment. See:

      Anton - 2011-09-01 22:08

      Why don't you go to; ""

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  • Minister.2020 - 2011-09-01 14:25

    As a one of Libyan Student I want to thanks everyone who tried or is trying to help us to continue our study.

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