Despite the economic crisis, outgoing study mobility and outgoing placement mobility have both been rising steadily from academic year 2008/09 to 2012/13, averaging a 6% and 16% increase per year respectively across all Erasmus countries. A number of such trends such are illustrated in the 2014 edition of "Student and Staff Mobility in Times of Crisis", a study initiated by the DAAD.
The demand for placements abroad has been increasing at a much faster rate than studies abroad. This confirms previous hypotheses that the crisis might have had a more qualitative effect on mobility, as the latter is more often used by students as an opportunity to enhance their employability after graduation.
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