International student mobility (ISM) and the internationalisation of higher education (IoHE) receive increasing attention for some time already, especially since they relate to sensitive topics of public concern including education, migration and development. Migration for education is not a new phenomenon. “Immigrate” and “emigrate” are two words that have similar meanings and can be easily confused. Though immigration and emigration are movement of people from one country to another, the former means movement of people to a country and the later means movement from a country. In simple words, Immigration can be called as moving into a country and emigration as moving out of a country. Both Immigration and emigration comes from Latin. Immigration is Latin ‘immigrare’ that means ‘to go into’. Emigration comes from Latin ‘emigrare’, which means ‘to move’. Technically, this is the umbrella term where emigrate and immigrate fall. To migrate can be temporary or permanent. Institutions are competing hard to attract international students at a time when immigration policies in leading destinations to Europe.

Students in order to get better educational and career opportunities often migrate to other countries and Europe. Europe is a favoured destination as it offers facilities which make the stay comfortable and the study more productive. Europe has various policies and rules that governs the education system and every university has to follow these rules and regulation. Knowing more about the relationship between immigrant share and the educational performance of immigrant and native students is not only important with respect to students’ educational, social-emotional and behavioural development but also from a societal point of view. For a society it is important to know how to design educational policies in a way that allows both immigrant and native students to perform at the highest possible level so that economic prosperity can be ensured in the long run. The flow of students has grown very rapidly these last decades, and in some regions, has become twice as important as the flows of those seeking work. The purpose of this study is to explore the elements affecting students’ decision on migration. The main elements affecting migration is quality of education. The integration of migrants is high on the political agenda in Europe. In recent decades European governments, both at the national and at the EU levels have created sophisticated and wide- reaching policies to respond to the needs of this increasingly diverse group of the host populations.

After immigrating to study and completing their initial studies, there are two outcomes for students

After immigrating to study and completing their initial studies, there are two outcomes for students

  • They emigrate;
  • For non-EU students, this means they will have obtained an extension to their visa for study or another purpose (such as to work or marry). It is expected that they will emigrate at some point unless given further leave to remain or allowed to settle permanently;

The educational attainment of migrants in Europe is usually lower than that of the native populations. Consequently, higher and further education can play an important role in eliminating barriers to achieving educational qualifications, job training, contributes to civic identity, enhances potential in the labour market. © 2016-2017| All Rights Reserverd