Mobility, Migration & Integration
LEADS: Margaret Walton-Roberts & Houssem Eddine Ben-Ahmed
International skilled heath worker migration is a key feature of the global economy, a major contributor to socio-economic development and reflective of the transnationalization of health and elder care that is underway in most OECD nations. The global distribution of the health workforce has previously been analysed solely within national contexts, but increasingly scholars have shown how health and care worker deficits are being addressed through international migration. There are losses and gains associated with this international mobility, and the nature of workplace integration policies are significant contributors to successful outcomes for migrants. CHWN researchers have studied the international migration of health and care workers, the governance of this migration and its significance as a gendered process, as well as assessing integration practices and their outcomes.
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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) - Insight Grant
One of the projects currently underway seeks to contrast three geographically and policy distinct nurse migration pathways that have been identified based on previous research: India-Canada (two-step), Vietnam-Germany (triple win) and Philippines-Singapore (bus stop). It highlights the skills assessment, language, training and integration pathways employed in each, and how they meet the spirit of the Global Compact on responsible migration and the Sustainable Development Goals.
This project offers a comparative analysis of different nursing migration models, which contributes to debates on policy convergence in selective immigration, fair migration, the increasing complexity of migration pathways, regimes of skill, and the transnationalization of health and elder care.
Global Health Worker Migration (May, 2023)
Gender, COVID, and Health Workforce (January, 2021)
Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) in Canada (July, 2015)
Caribbean nurse migration—a scoping review (March, 2020)