The gross number of international post-secondary students transitioning to permanent residency has been increasing since 2015 with significant gains in 2016 and 2017. 2018 has matched 2017’s strong result with 9.4 per cent of foreign students choosing to stay in Nova Scotia post-graduation. This represents a historic high for the province. There has been a significant increase in the number of international students studying in Nova Scotia but the rate of increase in retention has exceeded the growth of the international student body. Therefore, at the current pace we are on track to reach the 'stretch' target of a 10 per cent retention rate by 2024.
year rate target baseline 2005 3.6 10.0 5.0 2006 6.0 10.0 5.0 2007 6.2 10.0 5.0 2008 7.5 10.0 5.0 2009 5.7 10.0 5.0 2010 5.3 10.0 5.0 2011 4.1 10.0 5.0 2012 5.1 10.0 5.0 2013 6.0 10.0 5.0 2014 5.5 10.0 5.0 2015 3.3 10.0 5.0 2016 6.9 10.0 5.0 2017 9.4 10.0 5.0 2018 9.4 10.0 5.0
*This year’s data are preliminary and only include January through August
What this means
A growing number of potential economic migrants are being attracted to study at Nova Scotia’s post-secondary institutions. More of them are also choosing to stay and build a life here. This is an opportunity to help combat the province’s demographic and economic challenges. As the number of enrollments rise, retention efforts can expand to accommodate the larger volume of potential economic migrants.
Creating incentives for post-secondary students to stay
“Number one: connection to the job market in areas of meaningful work. And number two: connections to community. “We need to very deliberately create opportunities for international students”, says Wendy Luther, president of EduNova.
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