CGHE seminar 76

International student migration: evidence from Finland on who stays, why, and returns in the labour market

  • Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 12:30 - 14:00
  • Room 901, UCL Institute of Education
  • Charles Mathies, University of Jyväskylä (Finland)


In tandem with growing enrolments globally, an increasing number of students are studying internationally with each passing year. The rapid increase of student mobility and migration have raised questions of how many international students choose to stay in the country where they studied and would it be possible to retain student migrants in a large scale by different policy decisions.

This presentation encompasses three papers examining the factors influencing international students’ choice to stay in Finland after they complete their studies and their associated returns in the Finnish labour market.

The unique data used in the papers comes from national (Finnish) registries and allows for following students longitudinally across multiple sectors. The presentation concludes with discussions on labour market outcomes of international graduates, including comparisons with Finnish graduates, and the financial ‘net benefit’ (tax revenues – social welfare transfers) for the Finnish government of hosting international students.


All seminars are free and open to the public. No advance booking required.


You can register to watch the livestream of this seminar.

Charles Mathies

Charles Mathies

Charles Mathies is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow based at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research in the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). Previously he has held multiple university management positions in Europe and the United States primarily in strategic planning and institutional research. Dr. Mathies’ research focuses on international student migration and mobility; data usage, analytics, and its management in higher education; and institutional strategic planning.

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