Student mobility is widely acknowledged in Europe as being
beneficial for students, higher education institutions, employers
and countries, for it promotes economic sustainability, diversity
and broadening of skills. Yet, some countries are more successful
than others in attracting and retaining international students.
This report identifies a number of factors accounting for that variation.
On international student movement and related data, the report
also seeks to expose the shortcomings of existing definitions, which
are often misleading. For example, they fail to distinguish between
student “movement or migration” and all other types of migration:
economic, political, etc. This lack of distinction then adversely
affects both the status of student movement and our attitude towards
it, since blanket restrictive policies on migration in general are
taken to apply to student movement as well.
The report looks at good practices in European (and some non-European)
countries, noting how these attract international students and retain
them in the labour market once they have qualified.
Its recommendations are for the Assembly to invite the political
leadership of member States to welcome and support international
student mobility because of its benefits for both their education
systems and their economies.