Building on an ethos of interdisciplinarity, the synthesis project aims to bridge the gap in understanding various perspectives surrounding the theme of international students. The research synthesis will summarize key themes and findings from the academic and grey literature on international students and education migrants. Studies will be drawn from across the social sciences with a focus on literature from the perspectives of education, sociology, geography, economics, and demography to bring into focus the various structural, social, cultural contexts which impact international students, the government and policymakers, higher education institutions and other stakeholders.

The project is supported by the Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster, Western University and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR).


Project Team

Ann H. Kim
Principal Investigator; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University; Faculty Associate, York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR)

Dr. Kim’s research is largely motivated by questions related to the immigrant and ethnic integration process and pathways to integration. She has studied racial and ethnic residential patterns and homeownership, immigrant seniors’ life course experiences and economic security, and the experiences of Korean immigrants in relation to education migration, ethnic entrepreneurship, living arrangements, and new destinations. She is a member of the Population Change and Lifecourse Cluster.

Gunjan Sondhi
Postdoctoral Fellow, International Student and Education Migrant Mobilities project

Dr. Sondhi recently completed her PhD in Migration Studies from the Sussex Centre for Migration Research based at the University of Sussex, U.K. Her doctoral research examined gendered experiences of Indian international students in Canada. Her research interests include highly skilled mobility, international student mobility, gender, class and  education.



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