EP Nuffic researched the stay rate of international students who graduated in the Netherlands between 2007 and 2014.
In this research, international students were divided into the following groups:
- Stayers who continued with further higher education
- Stayers who found a paid job in the Netherlands
- Others stayers, i.e. those who stayed in the Netherlands for other reasons such as parenthood, freelancing, etc.
The research shows that there is a strong correlation between finding a paid job (as employee) and the likelihood of staying in the Netherlands. Students from outside the EER stayed more often than students from within the EER. Those who studied at a university of applied science (HBO) stayed more often than those who studied at a research university. Students who graduated in healthcare and science/technology stayed more often than others. The average stay rate was 25%.
The estimated economic effect of international students is about €1,57 billion. If the stay rate rises 1%, the economic effect will rise €60 million. These relatively high benefits make it interesting for the Netherlands to develop a policy for international students as a special category of knowledge migrant.
We need to take into consideration that international students who leave the Netherlands are a group of great ambassadors for Dutch education and Dutch society. Further research of this economic value is desirable.