By 2020, 7 million students study outside their home countries.*
Globalization, improved education and a shortage of local talent drive migration across the globe. Knowledge workers, aided by relaxed immigration policies and international competition for skilled talent, are no longer bound by national identity or citizenship. Growth in Asian economies such as India and China causes a decline in emigration from these nations, reversing previous trends. As these “global citizens” continue to spread, we see a different kind of migration, driven by refugees escaping natural disasters and resource scarcity in their home countries.
*”Trends in Global Higher Education: Tracking an Academic Revolution,” UNESCO, http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001831/183168e.pdf.