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Retaining third-country national students in the European Union : EMN Inform

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This EMN Inform summarises the main findings of the EMN Ad-Hoc Query  on Retaining third-country national students.

Key points to note:

  • The number of international students in the EU has been rising steadily within the past years; however, the percentage of graduates choosing to stay in the EU after the end of their studies remains relatively low.
  • In general, Member States are increasingly interested in incorporating former international students into their labour markets, and have changed their national immigration laws to incentivise their stay (e.g. lowered salary requirements and a permit to stay for the purpose of job searching or starting a business).
  • The majority of Member States require third-country national to prove that the permit is used for its main purpose.
  • The majority of Member States do not have a National Strategy for third-country national student retention, nor a national coordinating body for this strategy.
Author: European Migration Network
Publisher: Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Date of Publication: 20 September 2017

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