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Return Migration of Foreign Students

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  • Govert Bijwaard

    () (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI))

  • Qi Wang

    (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI))

Abstract

Using unique administrative micro panel data, this paper presents a comprehensive empirical analysis of the return of recent foreign students in The Netherlands. The life course experiences of these students in the host, both on the labour market and in marriage formation, impact their decision to leave. Using a ”timing-of-events” model we estimate the impact of these processes on the return intensity. The model allows for correlated unobserved heterogeneity across the migration, the labour market and the marriage formation processes. The large size of the data permits us to stratify the analysis by five groups based on the country of birth. The empirical analyses reveal that employment induces students to stay and unemployment induces them to leave. Forming a family in The Netherlands makes the students more prone to stay. The size of the impact of these life course experiences on return differs by age at entry and gender.

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  • Govert Bijwaard & Qi Wang, 2013. "Return Migration of Foreign Students," Norface Discussion Paper Series 2013005, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
  • Handle: RePEc:nor:wpaper:2013005
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    1. World Bank Group, 2017. "Migration and Remittances," World Bank Other Operational Studies 28444, The World Bank.
    2. Ardiana Gashi & Nick Adnett, 2015. "The Determinants of Return Migration: Evidence for Kosovo," Croatian Economic Survey, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, vol. 17(2), pages 57-81, December.
    3. repec:spr:lsprsc:v:10:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s12076-016-0174-6 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    student migration; timing of events method; labour dynamics; marriage.;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies

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