Opening or closing borders to international students? Convergent and divergent dynamics in France, Spain and the UK

Levatino, A, Eremenko, T, Molinero Gerbeau, Y, Consterdine, E, Kabbanji, L, Gonzalez-Ferrer, A, Jolivet-Guetta, M and Beauchemin, C (2018) Opening or closing borders to international students? Convergent and divergent dynamics in France, Spain and the UK. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 16 (3). pp. 366-380. ISSN 1476-7724

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Abstract

While attracting international students is the declared objective of many countries of the global North, the regulation of movements of this migrant group does not escape the tensions that characterise policymaking on migration. This paper compares the evolution of student migration policies in three major European destinations – France, Spain and the UK – since the late 1990s. The aim is to evaluate whether policies in this area have converged or not, and the factors behind their evolution. Our findings suggest that despite common forces encouraging convergence, country-specific factors, such as countries’ migration history and the political force in power, seem crucial in explaining important differences in actual policies across the three countries.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: International students, migration policies, United Kingdom, Spain, France
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
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Depositing User: Erica Consterdine
Date Deposited: 01 May 2018 08:22
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2018 11:12
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75549

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FP7 - TEMPER - TEMPORARY VERSUS PERMANENT MIGRATIONG1323EUROPEAN UNIONFP7-SSH-2013-2-613468