Educational migration – students leaving a region to study elsewhere: the link to religion in Northern Ireland

Hollywood, Emma and McQuaid, Ronald W (2007) Educational migration – students leaving a region to study elsewhere: the link to religion in Northern Ireland. In: Monitoring of Regional Labour Markets in European States. Rainer Hampp Verlag, Muenchen, pp. 17-22. ISBN 9783866182691

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This paper reviews data sources concerning the key patterns and drivers of educational migration and non-return in Northern Ireland (NI). In particular it considers the sources of data that can be used to analyse the migration of university undergraduate and graduate students. NI differs from the rest of the UK in that religion is seen as playing an important part in influencing the migration of students.
The principle research methods employed in the study are a review of the literature relating to educational migration and non-return and the analysis of a number of secondary data sources (McQuaid and Hollywood, 2008). The principle datasets used in this research include those from Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), who are the major providers of data on Higher Education (HE) for the UK. Data on community background, or religion, are only routinely collected in NI and not the rest of the UK, and for this we have drawn on the School Leavers Survey collected by the Department of Education NI (e.g. SLS, 2006; ECNI, 2006a and b). Additionally, data from Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service (NINIS) on deprivation, community composition and social class, are used.
The remainder of this paper outlines the patterns and trends of educational migration amongst graduates and undergraduates; the key drivers of educational migration; and the conclusions.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9783866182691
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational migration; Northern Ireland; undergraduates; graduates; religion; influences; Universities; Colleges;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 362 Social welfare problems & services
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > L Education (General)
Item ID: 2804
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2009 10:47
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2015 11:33

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