Understanding How International Students from the Caribbean Arrive at the Decision to Remain within the United States Post-Graduation and the Connection to Brain Drain
Keywords:brain drain, international students, Caribbean, transition
We utilized Schlossberg Transition Theory (1984) as the framework for understanding how international students from the Caribbean arrive at the decision to remain within the United States post-completion of their highest earned degree and the connection to brain drain. Using a phenomenological research design and a sample of six international students, who remained within the United States post-completion of their highest earned degree, the authors examined the underlying considerations participants made during their decision-making process. The interview questions included the following: (i) what experiences have led you to remain within the United States after your highest level of education, (ii) tell us about the process you undertook towards arriving at that decision, and (iii) tell me about people at your institution who were instrumental in helping you make that decision. Results revealed that all six participants relied on the following considerations: economical, political, and social, which contributed to their decision.
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