One of the items on the agenda of the 4th Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress was a panel discussion entitled “Student Migrations”, which took place on 2 October 2015 in the Grodzka Gate in Lublin.
The discussion focused on present-day student migration processes and reflecting on how migrations of students influence global migration trends. The issues of the ongoing internalisation of Polish higher education, the experiences of foreign students at Polish universities, the impact of international student-exchange programmes on migration processes (such as Erasmus, FSS and Fulbright), and the phenomenon of educational head-hunting, were touched on during the discussion.
It involved the participation of Joanna Bielecka-Prus, PhD, from the Department of Sociology and Migration Research, UMCS, who is the author of a report on research into the motivations of potential foreign students, prepared under the European Eastern University project. Mrs Bielecka-Prus presented the results of this research and engaged in a discussion with her fellow panellists and participants.