International migration of medical doctors: trends, drivers and policies

This project aims to further our knowledge of the impact of immigration policies on the international migration of medical doctors. Facing the need and demand to fill local shortages in health professionals, many states have adopted specific immigration policies to attract medical doctors while simultaneously trying to abide by the Code of Good Practice and a moral obligation not to deplete developing countries of their medical workforce.

Understanding how various, and sometimes conflicting, immigration policies influence the migration process of medical doctors is essential for policy-making. However, reliable empirical evidence is largely lacking as there are very few databases available on this subject. This project will compile such a database in order to investigate the role and relative importance of immigration policies targeting this particular occupation in the context of broader structural drivers of the international migration of medical doctors.

John Fell Fund