International Migration of Health-Care Professionals in the Asia-Pacific Region

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The border-crossing movement of people for the purpose of work is a global phenomenon. A pronounced recent rise in international labor mobility is increasingly evident in the context of health-care migration, with the Asia-Pacific region central to these movements. This panel assesses various national-level policies directed at facilitating the attraction, admission and labor market integration of health-care professionals, focused in particular on nurses and eldercare workers. The papers are based on qualitative and quantitative research approaches, drawing on interviews with multiple stakeholders in international labor migration in addition to major quantitative databases. We will compare policy formation and implementation in the receiving countries, as well as the impact differential approaches have on migrant health workers’ living (inclusion / exclusion) and working (de-skilling / knowledge transfer) realities following arrival.While for some countries best-practice examples of successful migration avenues can be identified, in others we see a mixed picture, including a blocking rather than harnessing of global human resources despite shortages in the receiving labor market. We aim to unravel the competing interests and activities of policy-makers, business representatives, and migrant associations, including their interdependence when it comes to shaping the policies and realities of border-crossing movements.