In media reports published today, it has been noted that in a two day conference in relation to international migration, European Ecomonic Areas (EEA)’s were urged to attract more Indian students to study and eventually work in their countries as opposed to other lucrative markets such as the US, Canada and Australia. These reports are in addition to news that the British Council is planning to organise roadshows in seminars in more than 17 cities across India to attract Indian migrants and encourage them to come to the UK to study.
Research Shows Extent of Indian Migration to EU Countries
Once it had been confessed that human mobility from developing countries like India to the European Union faced obstacles because of the imposing restrictions of the EU, those in attendance at the conference called for a plan of action to adhere to international students and skilled workers.
A conference arranged by the Indian Centre for Migration, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and Maastricht University based in the Netherlands stated that 4.1 million students were enrolled outside their country of origin and the majority of those students were from India, Korea and China.
It was also noted at the conference, the most popular OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries for Indian students in 2008 was the US with 94,664, followed by Australia with 26,664 and the UK with 25,901.
EU Countries Including the UK Should Target Indian Students
It was stated that the student’s ability to move around freely was an important component for attracting high-skilled immigration and crucial for future strategic and economic cooperation between two countries. The EU was pushed to see the international student population as a target and should be encouraged to relocate to Europe as opposed to profitable markets such as US, Australia and Canada.
UK Plans to Attract Indian Students to Boost Indian Migration
The British Council has today planned roadshows and a ‘Great UK Education Seminar’ in more than 17 cities across India in an attempt to encourage Indian migrants to consider the UK as a place to study.
Sam Harvey, the British Deputy High Commission’s British Council Division Director said that the seminars started today (23/10/13) in Vadodara and will make its way to Coimbatore, Raipur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Visakhapatnam , Surat, Kolkata, Bhubhaneswar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Simla, Nasik, Mangalore, Mysore, Bengalguru and Guwahati, before it ends in March 2014.
British Council’s Head of International Education Marketing, Suchita Gokam said:
“Our target is to increase the number of Indian students studying in the UK in the next two years and that is why it has been decided to hold this campaign in more than 17 cities across the country.”
The seminars will feature points of studying in the UK, student visas and former students who will share their experience of studying in the UK.
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