From India to Canada: an autoethnographic account of an international student's decision to settle as a self-initiated expatriate

Rajani, Namita, Ng, Eddy S., and Groutsis, Dimitria (2018) From India to Canada: an autoethnographic account of an international student's decision to settle as a self-initiated expatriate. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 50 (1). pp. 129-148.

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Abstract

International students can be a source of skilled workers for many industrialized countries with an aging population. However, it is unclear if international students would stay after completing their studies, given booming economies in their home countries. The present paper explores the decision processes international students make when contemplating whether to stay or return home after completing their studies. The paper is based on an autoethnographic account of an international student who studied in Canada, and follows her journey as an international student through to settlement as a self-initiated expatriate. Initially, personal factors (such as family encouragement), public policy, and employer practices "pushed" the student to repatriate back to her country of origin after her studies. However, personal ambitions (such as travel and career development opportunities) and prospects for a better life "pulled" her back to Canada. Personal agency and positive experiences also contributed to her adjustment and success as a self-initiated expatriate. The present paper adds to existing literature on the "push" and "pull" dynamic of international student retention in the host country. It further enhances our understanding of why international students decide to remain in the country following the completion of their studies.

Item ID: 57777
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1913-8253
Keywords: autoethnography, cross-cultural adjustment, international students, talent migration, self-initiated expatriates (SIEs)
Copyright Information: Copyright © Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal 2018
Funders: Dalhousie University
Projects and Grants: SSHRC Insight Grant 435-2016-1227
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 11:07
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 100%
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