International students who stay in the Netherlands after completing their studies generate some €1.6bn for the treasury every year, according to research by EP-Nuffic.
Around 25% of international students will remain in the Netherlands for the rest of their lives after graduating, according to government estimates.
The figures show 42% of foreign students who graduated in 2008 were still in the Netherlands five years later, as were some 36% of the class of 2010. Students who took degrees in technical subjects or related to health and the natural sciences, are most likely to stay on, EP-Nuffic said.
Some 75,000 foreign students are currently studying at Dutch universities and hbo colleges, accounting for around 10% of the total student body.
Students from Germany, China, Indonesia, Poland and Belgium are most likely to stay in the Netherlands to work.
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