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Allowing migrant health workers to work back home would help offset “brain drain”

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5157 (Published 21 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5157
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    African health workers in the United Kingdom should be allowed to return home temporarily to work in the health systems in their country of origin without jeopardising their chances of gaining UK citizenship, the international development charity Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) has said.

    Facilitating “circular migration,” whereby workers can travel to and from their country of origin more freely, offers a “triple win” scenario, says a VSO report being presented at the Liberal Democrat party conference on 21 September.

    For the UK it would allow labour shortages in the health sector to continue to be filled by skilled workers from abroad; …

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