Perils and Prospects of International Nurse Migration from Nepal

Author(s): Radha Adhikari

Published Date: May 2012

Publication Type: Policy Brief

Published by: CESLAM

The shortage of healthcare workers in the countries of the Global North has lured many nurse professionals from Nepal to pursue international careers that are relatively better paid and highly regarded in contemporary Nepali society. A combination of factors in both sending and receiving countries has influenced and facilitated the international migration of nurses from Nepal.

This policy brief draws attention to some of the more critical challenges associated with this migratory flow, particularly in relation to the United Kingdom. It seeks to raise greater public interest by highlighting some important policy implications surrounding the issue such as the ineffective management of the nursing workforce in Nepal; lack of monitoring and government regulation of international education consultancies; ‘care drain’; and problems related to social and professional integration of nurse migrants.

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