Higher Future – The role of information on educational migration from Cape Verde

Project Info

Principal Investigators

Cátia Batista (Nova SBE)
Ana Balcão Reis (Nova SBE)
Pedro Freitas (Nova SBE)
Gonçalo Lima (EUI)

Project Coordination

Gonçalo Gameiro
David Costa


Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF)
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)

About this Project

Every year over five hundred students from Cape Verde enroll in undergraduate courses in Higher Education Institutions in Portugal, being some of the most represented among international students in the country. However, Cape Verdean students face multiple academic and social integration challenges upon arrival, dropping out from higher education at much higher rates than other groups. Imperfect information on graduation prospects and college returns may lead many of these students to misperceive their expected returns to a degree in Portugal.

Does providing tailored information on migrating to study changes high school students’ college aspirations and migration decisions? To test this hypothesis, the project is implementing an experimental impact evaluation of information sessions in several Cape Verdean high schools about studying in Portuguese Higher Education institutions. The study helps understanding how being exposed to better, more targeted information on graduation prospects, living costs, as well as future returns to education shifts students’ decisions to migrate, and whether this ultimately improves their future educational outcomes.


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