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Nurses and health-care professionals as migrant workers

Migration A–Z

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  1. Nicola Yeates

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm400

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Yeates, N. 2013. Nurses and health-care professionals as migrant workers. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Health worker migration has been of concern to the international development and health communities since the 1970s when it was linked to the continued underdevelopment of poorer countries (Mejia 1976). In the early 21st century, the migration of skilled health-care workers returned to global policy agendas, which centered on the scale and dynamics of this migration and its consequences for social and economic development. The inability of poorer countries to retain skilled health workers for their own populations and the recruitment of these labor forces has taken on special significance in the light of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Keywords:

  • labor;
  • labor supply;
  • immigration;
  • sanctions;
  • poverty