Migrant Health Professionals and the Global Labour Market: the Dreams and Traps of Nepali Nurses

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This book offers a new and progressive perspective on gender debates in Nepal and analyses how the international migration of the first generation of professional female Nepali nurses has been a catalyst for social change.

Through an unprecedented access to study participants in Nepal (source country) and in the UK (destination country), this ethnographic study explores Nepali nurses’ migration journeys, relocation experiences and their international migration ‘dreams’ and aspirations. It illustrates how migrant nurses strive to manage social and professional difficulties as they work towards achieving their ultimate migration aims. The book shows that the nursing shortage is a gender issue, on a global scale, and that privatisation within health systems makes the labour market vulnerable and stimulates international recruitment of health professionals. Arguing that international nurse migration is an integral part of the globalisation of health, the author highlights key policy strategies that are useful for global health workforce management.
A well informed and much needed study of nurse migration in the global healthcare market, this book will be of interest to professionals and academics working in nursing studies, health and social care studies, gender and international migration studies, and globalisation in health studies as well as South Asian studies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)9780429325731
ISBN (Print)9781032401072, 9780367344252
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge/Edinburgh South Asian Studies Series
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group


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