The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) has published the results of two surveys on drivers for international students to stay and work in Canada: “Retaining International Students in Canada Post-Graduation: Understanding the Motivations and Drivers of the Decision to Stay”. The rationale for the surveys was the desire of Canada to attract highly skilled immigrants and the view of Canada that attracting foreign students is a good way to do so. One survey was among prospective students showing interest to come to Canada – done by World Education Services. The other survey was among enrolled international students in Canada, done by CBIE itself.
The results show that quite many of the foreign students intend to stay and work in Canada. Socio-economic factors correlate stronger with this intention than academic factors: More students from less developed countries and less well-to-do themselves want to stay and work in Canada. Such a tendency could not be found for with academic performance.