What is it about?

This study examines how the migration of healthcare workers to wealthier nations impacts their countries of origin, with a focus on Colombia, Indonesia, and Jordan. Despite concerns about a "brain drain," findings suggest that such migration has not significantly depleted healthcare resources in these nations. The study delves into both the challenges of healthcare worker distribution and the potential benefits of migration, such as financial remittances and skill enhancements upon return. However, realizing these benefits requires strategic policies and better data collection.

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Why is it important?

This research offers a fresh perspective on the global healthcare workforce, highlighting that migration doesn't necessarily harm the healthcare systems in source countries as often feared. It underscores the complexity of migration's impact and the need for supportive policies to harness potential advantages. This analysis is particularly relevant amid global healthcare worker shortages, providing insights for policy that balances domestic needs with global mobility.


This publication challenges common perceptions of healthcare worker migration, suggesting nuanced effects on source countries. It emphasizes the critical need for policies that maximize migration's benefits and highlights my commitment to improving global health equity. The findings encourage a reevaluation of how we approach international healthcare workforce dynamics, advocating for ethical recruitment and international cooperation.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: The impact of international health worker migration and recruitment on health systems in source countries: Stakeholder perspectives from Colombia, Indonesia, and Jordan, The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, February 2024, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/hpm.3776.
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