The International Migration and Recruitment of Nurses: Human Rights and Global Justice

Journal of American Medical Association, Vol. 299, pp. 1827-1829, 2008

Georgetown University O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law Scholarship Paper No. 9

4 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2008  

Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Abstract

The international migration of health workers - physicians, nurses, midwives, and pharmacists - leaves the world's poorest countries with severe human resource shortages, seriously jeopardizing the achievement of the U.N. health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Advocates for global health call active recruitment in low-income countries a crime. Despite the pronounced international concern, there is little research and few solutions. This commentary focuses on the international recruitment of internationally educated nurses (IENs) from the perspective of human rights and global justice. It explains the complex reasons for nurse shortages in rich and poor countries; the duties of source and host countries; the human rights of health workers; and offers principles for responsible recruiting, focusing on national and global solutions.

Keywords: nurses, migration, health workers, public health, global health, human rights

Suggested Citation

Gostin, Lawrence O., The International Migration and Recruitment of Nurses: Human Rights and Global Justice. Journal of American Medical Association, Vol. 299, pp. 1827-1829, 2008; Georgetown University O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law Scholarship Paper No. 9. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1269502

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