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An investigation into the factors influencing motivation of nurses to leave sub-Saharan Africa and work in Amsterdam


Document type: mthesis
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Abstract: The aim of this study was to identify the factors influencing motivation of nurses to leave home countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to work in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The researcher collected primary data from nurses in Amsterdam using an interview guide/schedule. Search engines used include Medline, Pubmed and Google. Websites visited include WHO, ELDIS and catalogues from KIT library were also used. The study found out the main motivational factors to migrate to the Netherlands are prospects to get better income and save money, peace and stability, desire for a better life, to join a spouse, to change environment and experience life in a different place and to get financial independence. Literature shows that there are existing information asymmetries between nurses from SSA and employers in high income countries and there are various theories on how migration of nurses is a market failure. In conclusion migration of nurses is the outcome of different factors which relate to the political, socio-economic and structural (such as the existing health system) environment as well as other determinants which are strongly related to historical and cultural patterns. Nurse migration is seen as a way of getting a better life and it is also strongly influenced among other factors by stressful life events such as war, divorce and death of a partner. It is recommended that interventions to address nurse migration in SSA must aim at addressing the underlying determinants which are linked to economic development, political stability and competition on the global market. At the same time there is need to level the playing ground and take into account the issues of equity and good practice.
Authors: Shumba, C.S.
Category: Research
Department: Development Policy & Practice
Institute: KIT (Royal Tropical Institute)
Keywords: migration , health services
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: iii, 44
Year: 2007
Right: © 2007 Shumba
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Title: An investigation into the factors influencing motivation of nurses to leave sub-Saharan Africa and work in Amsterdam
Training: Master in International Health (MIH)