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Skilled International Migration: The Experience of Nurses in the UK


  • Irene Hardill
  • Sandra Macdonald


HARDILL I. and MACDONALD S. (2000) Skilled international migration: the experience of nurses in the UK, Reg. Studies 34, 681-692. This paper reports on a study of the most feminized of professions, nursing. Current shortages of nurses within the UK National Health Service (NHS) have resulted in the recruitment of increasing numbers of overseas-qualified nurses. The study is based on the biographies of overseas-qualified nurses, obtained through in-depth interviews carried out in one case study hospital. Using these personal narratives, this paper illuminates the complex interweaving of economic and non-economic factors involved in migration decisions. Most nurses migrated as solos, experienced downward occupational mobility, and are used as a temporary stop-gap to fill labour shortages. HARDILL I. et MACDONALD S. (2000) La migration internationale des ouvriers qualifiés: étude de cas des infirmières britanniques, Reg. Studies 34, 681-692. Cet article fait un compte-rendu d'une étude de la profession la plus féminisée, àsavoir la profession d'infirmière. La pénurie d'infirmières actuelle au sein des services de santébritanniques (National Health Service; NHS) a entrâ L né le recrutement des infirmières de plus en plus nombreuses qui ont obtenu le diplôme àl'étranger. L'étude est basée sur les biographies des infirmières qui ont obtenu leur diplômèa l'étranger, et proviennent des interviews détaillées effectuées auprès d'un seul hôpital qui s'est servi d'étude de cas. A partir de ces histoires personnelles, cet article cherche àéclairer l'ensemble des facteurs économiques et non-économiques entrelacés, impliqués dans la décision d'émigrer. La plupart des infirmières ont émigrétoutes seules, ont éprouvéle déclassement, et ont été employées en tant que bouche-trou temporaire afin de combler le déficit. HARDILL I. und MACDONALD S. (2000) Internationale Wanderung von Fachkräften: Erfahrungen von Krankenschwestern in Großbritannien, Reg. Studies 34, 681-692. Dieser Aufsatz berichtet über eine Studie der weiblichsten aller Berufsstände, der Krankenpflege. Der gegenwärtige Mangel an Krankenschwestern im staatlichen Gesundheitsdienst (NHS) Großbritanniens hat zur Rekrutierung einer wachsenden Anzahl von Krankenschwestern geführt, die ihre Qualifikation im Ausland erworben haben. Die Studie stützt sich auf die Biographien im Ausland qualifizierter Krankenschwestern, die in eingehenden Interviews in einem für diese Fallstudie gewählten Krankenhaus aufgenommen wurden. Mit Hilfe dieser persönlichen Schilderungen erhellt der Aufsatz die komplexe Verschlingung wirtschaftlicher und anderer Faktoren, die bei Entscheidungen, auszuwandern, eine Rolle spielen. Die meisten Krankenschwestern wanderten allein aus, stellten abnehmende berufliche Beweglichkeit fest und spielen zeitweilige Lückenbüßer, wo Mangel an Arbeitskräften herrscht.

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  • Irene Hardill & Sandra Macdonald, 2000. "Skilled International Migration: The Experience of Nurses in the UK," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(7), pages 681-692, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:34:y:2000:i:7:p:681-692
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400050178465

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    1. J V Beaverstock, 1996. "Subcontracting the accountant! Professional labour markets, migration, and organisational networks in the global accountancy industry," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 28(2), pages 303-326, February.
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    1. Paul Frijters & Michael A. Shields & Stephen Wheatley Price, 2007. "Investigating the quitting decision of nurses: panel data evidence from the british national health service," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(1), pages 57-73.
    2. Maureen Mackintosh & Kwadwo Mensah & Leroi Henry & Michael Rowson, 2006. "Aid, restitution and international fiscal redistribution in health care: implications of health professionals' migration," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(6), pages 757-770.
    3. Chris Manning & Alexandra Sidorenko, 2006. "The Regulation of Professional Migration in ASEAN - Insights from the Health and IT Sectors," Departmental Working Papers 2006-08, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.

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