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INTERNATIONAL NURSE MIGRATIONS – GLOBAL TRENDS
INTERNATIONAL NURSE MIGRATIONS – GLOBAL TRENDS

Author(s): Marija Ivkovic
Subject(s): Human Geography, Migration Studies
Published by: Географски институт »Јован Цвијић« САНУ
Keywords: nurse migration; female migrants; qualified work force

Summary/Abstract: This paper presents global trends of migration of nurses, as specific qualified personnel in high demand. In the last couple of decades, and especially in the last couple of years, many countries have faced the problem of insufficient healthcare workers, particularly nurses. Reasons for this occurrence might be found in the deficiencies of their education systems, as well as the population aging of northern and western countries. As a response to this deficiency, those countries have begun intensive recruitment of foreign qualified female healthcare workers, which has led to the point that nurse migration today presents a very intense, and by many accounts specific migration flow. Female migrating work force is often in pursuit of low-wage and low-qualified work. Nurse migration is actually an example of motion of qualified female migrants in pursuit for better employment opportunities. While such a way of filling up the vacant positions works for the “importing” countries as a temporary solution, departure of trained female personnel presents a significant loss for the originating countries. In this paper we pay special attention to the countries who are the main “importers”, but also to those who are “exporters” of nursing personnel, and to specific national strategies these countries have applied.

  • Issue Year: 61/2011
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 53-67
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English