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 International Student Influx Hits Record High in 2022

International Student Influx Hits Record High in 2022

Effa Iqbal
Oct 26, 2023

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    A new report from the OECD highlights the critical role of migration policy in addressing labor market shortages and the challenges aging populations pose.

    In 2022, over 1.9 million residence permits were granted to international tertiary-level students in OECD countries, a 24% increase from 2019 and a historic high.

    Compared to 2021, there was a 42% increase in permits issued to international students in OECD countries, with a 30% rise in European OECD nations, particularly in regions where border restrictions were recently lifted, such as Japan and New Zealand.

    Inbound international student migration to OECD countries will reach an all-time high in 2022.

    Top Study Destinations in 2022

    The United Kingdom emerged as the preferred destination for new international students in 2022, followed by the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan.

    Ten-Year Surge in International Student Permits

    Over the last decade, the number of study permits issued to new international students traveling to OECD countries increased by 61% compared to the base year of 2012.

    Asian Dominance in Student Origins

    Most international students in OECD countries originate from Asia, primarily China and India. The share of Asian students has grown, especially in European OECD nations.

    China, India, Vietnam, Germany, and France were the leading countries of origin for international students heading to OECD countries. Latin America was also a notable contributor in 2022.

    International students surge in United kingdom

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    The OECD’s latest report indicates that international student flows to its member countries reached unprecedented levels in 2022.

    This surge in international student migration underscores the importance of well-managed migration policies in addressing labor market gaps and mitigating the effects of aging populations.

    The top destinations for international students in 2022 were the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan, with a remarkable 61% increase in study permits issued over the past decade.

    Asia remains the dominant source of international students, and the OECD continues to play a crucial role in hosting these students, contributing to economic and social well-being in member states.
    International students migrated to OECD countries


    FAQ 1: What contributed to the record-high number of international students in OECD countries in 2022?**

    Answer: The surge was influenced by increased permits issued, border reopening, and effective migration policies after COVID-19

    FAQ 2: Which countries were the top choices for international students in 2022?

    Answer: The UK, US, Canada, Australia, and Japan were the top destinations for international students in 2022.

    FAQ 3: What is the significance of Asian students in international student mobility within OECD countries?

    Answer: Asian students, primarily from China and India, constitute the majority of international students in OECD countries and have seen significant growth over the years.

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