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16th International Metropolis conference – Migration Futures: Perspectives on global changes 12/09/2011 – 16/09/2011 S. Miguel, Azores

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MPG to provide expertise at the 2011 International Metropolis conference at the workshop investigating the theme of international students and their transition to highly-skilled migrants


The Migration Policy Group Director, Jan Niessen, has been invited to participate in the workshop on international students and their transition to highly-skilled migrants and will speak on the subject of ‘Legal Measures to Admit and Attract International Students: A European Comparison’ drawing on the findings of the Value Migration project on which MPG partners with The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR).

About the workshop

Metropolis conference 16 logoMore students than ever before are pursuing their studies abroad. While many of these students will return to their home country after graduation, some will remain in their country of study or migrate on to a third country and make the transition from ‘international student’ to ‘highly-skilled migrant’. What factors influence the post-study migration decisions of these students? What role do government measures to attract and retain international students play? This workshop explores these questions, incorporating the perspectives of individual students and policymakers.

About the Value Migration project

Value Migration: What influences the transition from international student to highly skilled migrant? Analysing Europe’s competitiveness in the retention of international students and graduates.

The Migration Policy Group, in partnership with The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR), is to look at the appropriateness of instruments for retaining students in different EU Member States, against a backdrop of global competition for talent.

By surveying international students in the final stages of their studies from three universities in each of five EU Member States (United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands), the project will comparatively analyse:

  • The propensity for graduates to stay in the country of graduation
  • The reasons they intend to stay (or leave)
  • The relevance, awareness and appreciation of EU Member State regulations to encourage retention

For more information, please click here.