According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Indian students are the most likely among all international students to stay back in developed countries after their education.
A report released on Monday, titled “International Migration Outlook 2022,” gave information about the trends in international migration flows and policies till 2021 and highlighted the origin and destination of students who wish to study in developed countries.
Students from India and China account for up to 32% of international students residing in OECD countries. This comprises about one-third of the world’s population between the ages of 20 and 29 living in these two countries.
However, the retention behaviour of Indian and Chinese students staying back in their host countries by extending the tenure of their student visa and work permit differs drastically. Indian students have the highest average stay rate among all international students.
As per the data from 2015, Indian students have a significantly higher retention rate than Chinese students to obtain a permit in the major OECD countries, including Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Japan.
According to the most recent data from 2022 Germany, the share of Chinese students admitted in 2015 and studying in the country on a study permit was 23% compared to the 10% of Indian students, implying that by 2020 the majority of Indian students had already taken up their work permits. Similarly, in Canada, among students admitted in 2015, 71% of Indian students had their work permit by 2020, compared to only 18% of the students from China. This explains how Indian students quickly transition into the labour market on a shorter education permit.
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