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Where is the Destination? Understanding the Determinants of International Students’ Destination Choices upon Graduation in Ireland

Zizhen Wang and Philip J O'Connell
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Zizhen Wang: School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice & Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin, Ireland
Philip J O'Connell: School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice & Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin, Ireland

No 201814, Working Papers from Geary Institute, University College Dublin

Abstract: This study investigates the extent to which human capital and social capital may influence the likelihood of staying abroad or returning home upon graduation for international students in Ireland. The number of students from developing countries who migrate to pursue a tertiary degree in developed countries is notably high in recent years. Their choices of staying in the west or returning home upon graduation have strong impacts both on their personal career chances as well as on the economic prospects of both host and home countries. Instead of surveying among on-campus students, a survey was carried out during October 2017 to February 2018 among international alumni of Irish universities in order to collect information about their first-job location upon graduation. The main findings include: (1) human capital, especially degree major and language ability, is positively associated with the likelihood of staying abroad, (2) bridging social capital, especially bridging ties embedded with resources, is positively associated with the likelihood of staying abroad, while bonding social capital has no significant effect.

Keywords: international students; migration choices; human capital; social capital, Ireland. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-07-08
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