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A New Database of Health Professional Emigration from Africa

  • Michael A. Clemens

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  • Gunilla Pettersson

The migration of doctors and nurses from Africa to rich countries has raised fears of an African medical brain drain. But empirical research on the issue has been hampered by lack of data. How many doctors and nurses have left Africa? Which countries did they leave? Where have they settled? As part of a larger study of the consequences of the international migration of African health professionals, we compiled a database of the cumulative bilateral net flows of African-born physicians and nurses to the nine most important destination countries. It is the first database of net bilateral migration flows specific to a skilled profession collected systematically for a large number of developing countries. In this note we make these data available to the research community.

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Paper provided by Center for Global Development in its series Working Papers with number 95.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cgd:wpaper:95
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