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Table 5 Top 10 counties/regions sending international students to Canada, the US, and the UK, 2008

From: International student mobility and highly skilled migration: a comparative study of Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom

  Canada United States United Kingdom
  Country of origin % as total international students Country of origin % as total international students Country of origin % as total international students
1 China 23.7 India 15.4 China 13.8
2 South Korea 15.4 China 14.6 India 10.0
3 United States 6.4 South Korea 11.2 Ireland 4.5
4 France 4.8 Canada 4.4 Nigeria 4.2
5 India 4.1 Japan 4.4 United States 4.2
6 Japan 3.7 Taiwan 4.2 Germany 4.1
7 Saudi Arabia 2.6 Mexico 2.2 France 3.8
8 Taiwan 2.3 Turkey 2.0 Malaysia 3.7
9 Hong Kong 2.3 Vietnam 1.9 Greece 3.5
10 Mexico 2.2 Saudi Arabia 1.9 Pakistan 2.8
  Total top 5 2008a 54.3 Total top 5 2008a 50.0 Total top 5 2008a 36.6
  Total top 5 1999a 46.2 Total top 5 1999a 41.6 Total top 5 1999a 39.4
  1. Citizenship and Immigration Canada CIC (2009b); Higher Education Statistics Agency HESA (2010b, 2001b); Institute of International Education IIE (2010); Canada data include foreign students in educational programs at all levels.
  2. a Calculated by authors; The top five sending countries and their ranks may change over years.