Canada and Germany are the leading countries for the immigration of international students

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Canada and Germany are the leading countries for the immigration of international students

The top two nations for foreign student immigration are Canada and Germany.

Compared to other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations, Canada and Germany have the highest rates of immigration for foreign students.

 Nearly all of the 38 countries that make up the OECD have policies in place to retain foreign students after they graduate, according to its International Migration Outlook 2022. With the exception of Germany, none of these other nations have had as much success retaining graduates with international educations as Canada. 


The study found that more than 60% of foreign students who arrived in Canada and Germany in 2015 for academic reasons were still living there five years later.


The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 

Governments from 37 democracies with market-based economies work together in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to create guidelines for public policy that will support long-term economic growth. The OECD offers a platform where states may exchange ideas, look for solutions to shared problems, pinpoint best practices, and establish rigorous criteria for economic policy.

The OECD has been a trustworthy source of fact-based policy analysis and economic data for more than 50 years. The United States is cooperating with other members to improve the OECD’s accountability, financial restraint, transparency, and responsiveness to member objectives.


OECD Member countries

20 countries originally ratified the Agreement on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on December 14, 1960. Since then, the Organization has added 18 more members. There total of 38 member countries in OECD


Canada joined the OECD on April 10, 1961, and Germany on 27 September 1961


The table has details of OECD member countries

Country DateCountry Date
AUSTRIA29 September 1961AUSTRALIA7 June 1971
BELGIUM13 September 1961CANADA10 April 1961
CHILE7 May 2010COLOMBIA28 April 2020
COSTA RICA25 May 2021CZECH REPUBLIC21 December 1995
DENMARK30 May 1961ESTONIA9 December 2010
FINLAND28 January 1969FRANCE7 August 1961
GERMANY27 September 1961GREECE27 September 1961
HUNGARY7 May 1996ICELAND5 June 1961
IRELAND17 August 1961ISRAEL7 September 2010
ITALY29 March 1962JAPAN28 April 1964
KOREA12 December 1996LATVIA1 July 2016
LITHUANIA5 July 2018LUXEMBOURG7 December 1961
MEXICO18 May 1994NETHERLANDS13 November 1961
NEW ZEALAND29 May 1973NORWAY4 July 1961
POLAND22 November 1996PORTUGAL4 August 1961
SLOVAK REPUBLIC14 December 2000SLOVENIA21 July 2010
SPAIN3 August 1961SWEDEN28 September 1961
SWITZERLAND28 September 1961TURKEY2 August 1961


So far Canada and Germany are the top two countries in the OECD list that are the leading countries for the immigration of international students.


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