Out-migration

Although exact figures are not available, the overall number of Maldivian migrants leaving the country is believed to be very low. The majority of Maldivians employed overseas are seafarers working on foreign vessels. One reason for Maldivians to migrate abroad is tertiary education. According to statistics provided by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 2007, about 1,200 students from Maldives were studying abroad with the majority of them in Malaysia (632), Australia (208) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (197) (UNESCO 2011).