About the webinar:

Canada’s surge of international students has become a relevant source for migration. This webinar explores the international student motivations for transitioning to permanent residency, and the factors that trigger a successful transition. Presenters will also provide insights into how many international students stay in Canada post graduation, where they go, and implications for higher education institutions and provinces.

Gain insights into:

  • What makes Canada an attractive study destination for international students
  • International student motivations for seeking permanent residency in Canada post-graduation
  • How post-secondary institutions can support international students who want to transition to permanent residency in Canada



Alejandro Ortiz

Senior Research Associate

Alejandro is a regular contributor to original WES research reports and project where he provides higher education institutions with research-based, data-driven solutions to help them maximize the impact of their international enrollment efforts. He is passionate about data analytics and earned a master’s degree in social impact and policy analysis from New York University.

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Victoria M. Esses

Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations at Western University

In her research, Victoria focuses on immigration policy and practice, including public attitudes toward immigrants, immigration and cultural diversity; promising practices in settlement and integration; factors promoting the settlement and integration of immigrants; and the measurement of community welcome-ability and immigrant outcomes. She has extensive experience conducting research in this area, including work for federal, provincial, and municipal governments and for the settlement sector in Canada, and work for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Michael Haan

Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Studies at Western University's Department of Sociology

Michael's research interests intersect the areas of demography, immigrant settlement, labor market integration, and data development. He is widely consulted by provincial and federal governments for policy advice in the areas of immigration, settlement services, the Canadian labor market, and population aging. Michael is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Studies at the University of Western Ontario. He is also academic co-director of the Western University Research Data Centre.

The views and opinions expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of World Education Services (WES).

Silje Immerstein (Moderator)

Associate Director of Institutional Outreach and Training, WES

Silje has been with World Education Services (WES) since 2012, holding positions of Research Assistant, Research Associate, Project Manager, and now Associate Director of Institutional Outreach and Training. In her current position, she plans, designs and oversees webinars and workshops for higher education professionals on topics such as best practices in credential evaluation, and international student mobility and recruitment trends. Silje holds a BA in pedagogy from the University of Oslo, and a MA in international education from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development.