Who left, who returned and who was still away? Migration patterns of 2003 graduates, 2004 – 2010

Higher education New Zealand

This report presents new research on the extent that domestic graduates from tertiary education institutes leave, and then return to, New Zealand.
It examines the migration patterns through to 2010, of New Zealand students who completed a tertiary qualification in 2003. We exclude international students and those domestic students who spent an extended period overseas using a non-New Zealand passport before study.
This research improves our understanding of the extent that graduates from TEIs are attracted overseas and therefore do not contribute, at least initially, to New Zealand’s stock of human capital. Of particular interest is improving our knowledge of which type of graduate is more likely to leave New Zealand permanently.

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