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Return migration in an economic crisis context. A survey on Romanian healthcare professionals

Monica Roman () and Zizi Goschin ()

Romanian Journal of Economics, 2014, vol. 39, issue 2(48), 100-120

Abstract: The international migration of health professionals is for the last decades an issue that affects many developing countries, rising in some cases alarming consequences and inequalities in health services distribution. Romania is also confronted with this phenomenon, which started to appear more and more often on the political agenda of decision makers,but the issue of migration of young people from top areas as medicine has not been sufficiently addressed.In this context, the scope of our paper is to provide a profile of migrant health professionals from Romania and to assess their intentions to return home.To this aim we have conducted an analysis based on a dataset produced through our 2010 online survey on Romanian migrants.The findings of our paper raise concerns regarding the return migration of health care staff, only 24 % of the interviewees being willing to return at some point in the future to Romania. Our approach takes into account the differences between doctors and nurses and the study revealed that nurses are more willing to return to homeland compared to doctors.The demographic characteristics of migrant health professionals, such as age, gender, family status, are similar to those of Romanian migrants, but this particular professional category is characterised by higher income and more developed human capital.

Keywords: emigration; health professionals; economic crisis; Romania (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I14 J6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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