Geographic Embeddedness of Higher Education Institutions in the Migration Policy Domain

Keywords: higher education, immigrant retention, international students, RCIC, RSIA

Abstract

In 2014, Canada issued its first International Education Strategy, articulating targets for international enrollment and its economic benefits, but lacking international student retention goals. Universities and colleges used to be places where students could get immigration advice, but past Bill C-35 only Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants can provide such advice. There is no requirement for institutions to hire these consultants. I investigate the geographic stretch of the education domain’s engagement with retention, through an examination of immigration advising support provision across Canada’s campuses. This provision is highly uneven, with a moderate association with school size, reflecting the voluntary nature of such engagement. A defined international student retention strategy could possibly change the current state of immigration governance through the education domain.

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Author Biography

Alexandra Bozheva, The University of Western Ontario, Canada

ALEXANDRA M. BOZHEVA, PhD, Geography and Migration and Ethnic Relations, is a postdoctoral fellow with the Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) at Western University, Canada. Her major research interests are migration policy, higher education internationalization and international student migration, immigration geography, and retention rates. 

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Published
2020-05-15
How to Cite
Bozheva, A. (2020). Geographic Embeddedness of Higher Education Institutions in the Migration Policy Domain. Journal of International Students, 10(2), 443-465. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v10i2.961
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Research Articles