The University, through the migration industry lens. A qualitative study on the practices of the university which affect the wellbeing of non-EU/EEA stu-dents at Radboud University

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Due to the restrictive migration policies in Europe, most European countries see international education as a convenient channel for both the students and the government, which thus supports the emergence of the education-migration industry to thrive and grow. The education-migration industry in the Netherlands is fast growing as more universities are devising ways to make their universities attractive to potential international students. However, the wellbeing of these students is rarely discussed. This study revealed that non-EU/EEA students need to have some capitals such as the economic, social and cultural, to be able to gain access to international education in the Netherlands. By using Bourdieu’s theory of capital (1983) to examine how these capitals can enable non-EU/EEA students to achieve their international education in the Netherlands, this thesis further revealed how these capitals could either enable or hinder non-EU/EEA students from achieving their set goal which is to graduate. Besides, these study findings support the notion that the migration industry has indeed taken over international education because the migration policies influence the daily practices at Radboud University which affect the wellbeing of non-EU/EEA students in the Netherlands. Keywords: Education-migration industry, migration industry, wellbeing, Non-EU/EEA students, Capitals.
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