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Human resources for health challenges in Nigeria and nurse migration

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  • The emigration of sub-Saharan African health professionals to developed Western nations is an aspect of increasing global mobility. This paper focuses on the human resources for health challenges in Nigeria and the emigration of nurses from Nigeria as the country faces mounting human resources for health challenges. Human resources for health issues in Nigeria contribute to poor population health in the country, alongside threats from terrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and political corruption. Health inequities within Nigeria mirror the geographical disparities in human resources for health distribution and are worsened by the emigration of Nigerian nurses to developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. Nigerian nurses are motivated to emigrate to work in healthier work environments, improve their economic prospects, and advance their careers. Like other migrant African nurses, they experience barriers to integration, including racism and discrimination, in receiving countries. We explore the factors and processes that shape this migration. Given the forces of globalization, source countries and destination countries must implement policies to more responsibly manage migration of nurses. This can be done by implementing measures to retain nurses, promote the return migration of expatriate nurses, and ensure the integration of migrant nurses upon arrival in destination countries.

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    2016
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    Article (Draft / Submitted)
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    https://doi.org/10.7939/R37M04B9Q
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    • Salami, B., Dada, F. O., & Adelakun, F. E. (2016). Human resources for health challenges in Nigeria and nurse migration. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 17(2), 76-84. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1527154416656942
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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1527154416656942