With the great surge in student mobility and student recruitment, governments are generally assumed to play a major role. Creso Sá and Emma Sabzalieva from the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education have undertaken a longitudinal analysis of the politics and public policies impacting international students in four major recruiting countries—Australia, Canada, England and the USA over the 2000 – 2016 period. In their study The politics of the great brain race, they conclude that the steady growth in international student mobility to these countries seems to be decoupled from political and policy changes.
They argue that “internationalization” initiatives provide an insufficient policy umbrella for effective policy action on the recruitment and retention of international students.
An interesting analysis in correlation to the country report by the British Council (see 2.10 below).