1Transnational Management of Globalised Workers

Nurses Beyond Human Resources

Introduction

The recruitment and placement of nurse labour from economically poor countries to more affluent countries are not new phenomena. Private nursing schools in the Philippines have been training a large number of nurses for the economically rich labour markets, particularly the United States, since the 1950s (see Choy, 2003). The current patterns of transnational health-labour migration from poor to more affluent countries represent a new phenomenon, however. Even though large numbers of third-world nurses migrated transnationally before the 1990s, they moved along established migration pathways that existed between countries with long-term historical ties ...

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