Call for Papers: Societies journal Special Issue "Health Worker Migration and Migrant Healthcare: Retrospect and Prospect", closes 30 September 2022 #cfp

Jennifer Creese

Dear Colleagues (with apologies for cross posting), 

Contemporary global migration is not only a huge worldwide phenomenon, but a complex one. Despite some recent decreases in mobility born of the COVID-19 pandemic, global migrant numbers have continued to grow, with around 281 million people worldwide now living outside their country of birth (United Nations, 2021), including refugees and international students who are often-overlooked migrants. These migrants often arrive with, or develop, specific healthcare needs born of or made complex by their migration. Within this context of migration, the international migration of health workers is also a significant factor, particularly as the aging populations of high-income countries have seen them race to increase their health workforces, drawing on the international labor market, often to the detriment of health systems in the global south. While international regulatory frameworks have been developed to try and manage both these migration trends; reduce the risks and vulnerabilities of migrants, workers, and health systems; and uphold human rights and needs, challenges have persisted both on a macro (system) and a micro (personal) level. Additionally, these issues and trends in migration not only connect back to broader societal, political, and cultural factors and histories, but also present broader prospective challenges for sending and receiving countries and cultures.

This Special Issue invites original articles based on empirical research, conceptual theoretical or methodological papers, or critical reviews addressing the topic of either health worker migration or migrant health in any form. Papers may take an historical lens to examine the origins of these phenomena, explore contemporary health/healthcare and migration experiences, or offer theoretical contributions towards the future of migrant healthcare and/or health worker migration.

(*Contributions have to follow one of the three categories of papers (article, conceptual paper, or review) of the journal and address the topic of the Special Issue.)

Dr. Jennifer Creese
Dr. Georgia Spiliopoulos
Guest Editors


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