Merchants of Medical Care: Recruiting Agencies in the Global Health Care Chain




Connell J, Stilwell B


International Institute for Labour Studies

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Merchants of Labour


pp. 239-253


Shortages of skilled health workers occur in most countries in the world, and most significantly in countries where education levels are relatively high. Migration has tended to be at some cost to relatively poor countries where the costs of production are considerable and losses are not compensated. The costs of global mobility are thus unevenly borne by the poorer source countries and the benefits are concentrated in the recipient countries. Since migration cannot be ended, and source countries have only limited scope for substantial policy change that will improve the number and status of health workers in the home countries, the onus has increasingly shifted towards the role of recipient countries in ensuring that, if migration is to continue, then it be more equitable and that there be adequate compensation for losses incurred in source countries. It is time for the notion of ‘managed migration’, that involves the regulation of recruitment agencies, to be given some practical basis. [From author]

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