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Value Migration Project Meeting 16/01/2012 Brussels, Belgium


The Value Migration project team is holding an internal meeting as part of the project analysing Europe’’s competitiveness in the retention of international students and graduates transitioning from the status of student to highly skilled migrant


During the second half of 2011, the team surveyed 7,000 international students at 25 universities in France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK and compiled a preliminary report on the relevant legal rules that apply in each of these countries. This meeting will analyse the results of the survey and coordinate the next steps.

MPG’s Director, Jan Niessen, and Eadaoin Ni Chaoimh, Legal Policy Analyst, will contribute expertise on the legal and policy developments at the EU level as well as the national legal frameworks.

The event is a closed event for the project members.

About the Value Migration Project

The Migration Policy Group, in partnership with The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR), is looking 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 a number of universities in France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK, and assessing the legal rules that apply to them, 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 about the project, please click here.