Global Health, Justice and the Brain Drain: Conference on International Health Worker Migration


International migration in the healthcare professions threatens health, human rights and development goals for the world’s poor - challenging notions that justice, health systems and migration policies are matters only for domestic concern. Against this backdrop, this conference is interested in understanding the brain drain of health workers and its impact on global health as matters of justice.

The one-day interdisciplinary conference will be held September 17 at Keele University, UK. It aims to bring together participants from different academic disciplines, health professions, and practitioner backgrounds to address questions such as:

  • Should international health worker migration be considered a matter of global justice?
  • What does it mean for human rights, particularly the right to health?
  • For whom do we seek justice? How should we balance the competing interests and moral responsibilities of individuals, health systems, communities and countries?
  • Can autonomy of movement for the more advantaged be balanced against justice for the disadvantaged? What does the phenomenon mean for citizenship?
  • Does non-active recruitment from poor countries absolve rich health systems of moral responsibility?
  • What are the roles of skill-seeking and restricted immigration policies in a just world?
  • Do recent national, bilateral and international awareness-raising activities and policy agreements address concerns of justice? How do political theories make sense of these moral problems?
  • What are the implications of the brain drain for international relations and global security?
  • To what extent are the impacts of the migration of skills and healthcare gendered and what can feminist analyses contribute?
  • Who has responsibility for this problem, and what can we do about it?

Adapted from conference announcement.

For more information and to register, see the conference announcement.

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