Global Health Worker Migration: Problems and Solutions

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2024

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lecture by:
Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts

International skilled health worker migration is a key feature of the global economy, a major contributor to socio-economic development and reflective of the transnationalization of health and elder care that is underway in most Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nations. The distribution of care and health workforce planning has previously been analyzed solely within national contexts, but increasingly scholars have shown how care deficits are being addressed through transnational responses. This lecture examines the complex processes that feed health worker migrants into global circulation, the losses and gains associated with such mobility and examples of good practices, where migrants, sending and destination communities experience the best possible outcomes.

About The Lecturer

Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts

Margaret Walton-Roberts is a professor in the Geography and Environmental studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University, and affiliated to the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo Ontario. She has published widely in issues related to gender and migration, and global health professional migration. Her most recent edited collection is Global Migration, Gender and Health Professional Credentials: Transnational Value Transfers and Losses published by University of Toronto Press in 2022 and Global health worker migration: problems and solutions published with Cambridge University Press under the Elements, unsettling health care series in 2023.