Migration and the Globalisation of Health Care

The Health Worker Exodus?

John Connell, Professor of Human Geography, University of Sydney, Australia

The international migration of health workers has been described by Nelson Mandela as the ‘poaching’ of desperately needed skills from under-privileged regions. This book examines the controversial recent history of skilled migration, and explores the economic and cultural rationale behind this rise of a complex global market in qualified migrants and its multifaceted outcomes.

‘This book addresses a major current topic and attempts to cover the trends, arguments and dilemmas. The author is eminently qualified to tackle such an exercise as he has a long history of migration and other research, especially in the Pacific region. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the major issues together with detailed analysis and debate. . . this book is a major achievement for its intellectual depth and the international coverage provided. I would recommend it for policy makers, scholars, researchers and postgraduate students. It fills a gap in a very important but neglected policy area.’
– Robyn Iredale, Journal of Population Research

‘. . . the observations that John Connell makes about health systems worldwide in Migration and the Globalisation of Health Care are poignant and timely. He delivers a long-term prognosis for health systems throughout the world, and his findings should give us cause for alarm. Connell’s big-picture assessment of the status quo and his tried-and-tested recommendations for improving it deserve the attention of health policymakers and practitioners everywhere.’
– Rick Docksai, World Future Review

2010 272 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 737 1 £82.80 £92.00 $122.40 $136.00

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