Through a survey of over 1300 teachers, focus groups and structured interviews, “Getting Teacher Migration and Mobility Right” synthesizes and highlights the voices of migrant teachers worldwide. Here’s what they have to say.

Migrant teachers overwhelmingly believe that they benefit professionally from opportunities to teach abroad. 99% report that working abroad had a positive effect on their instructional practice. More than 65% say that teaching overseas enhanced their ability to work with students with diverse needs, gave them new instructional tools, and improved their language competency.   

Teachers also report challenges, most frequently citing separation from family and classroom management. A small but intensely affected group encountered serious exploitation and some were even victims of trafficking.  

Global migration patterns are increasingly feminized, and teacher migration is no exception. 61% of survey respondents for “Getting Teacher Migration and Mobility Right” were women, with the majority migrating to pursue their own professional goals.