The "Dream-Trap": Brokering, "Study Abroad" and Nurse Migration from Nepal to the UK

This article examines the relationship between growing institutional structures and the migration of trained healthcare professionals, nurses in this case, from Nepal to the UK. Through case studies, the author reveals how most, if not all, of those who migrated to the UK have experienced a number of problems after being deceived by educational consultancies or brokers, leaving them far from achieving their professional aspirations. The article sheds light on the long and difficult process of obtaining employment and immigration status and shows how migration to the UK, with its stringent immigration policies, has become a ‘dream trap’ for many aspiring Nepali nurses.

Adhikari, R. 2009-10 European Bulletin of Himalayan Research. 35-36, 122-138.


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