Original Paper

Asia Europe Journal

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 475-483

First online:

Migration of health professionals from India: tracking the flow

  • Sanghita BhattacharyyaAffiliated withPublic Health Foundation of India Email author 
  • , Indrajit HazarikaAffiliated withIndian Institute of Public Health
  • , Harish NairAffiliated withPublic Health Foundation of IndiaCentre for Population Health Sciences, Global Health Academy, The University of Edinburgh

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India has a vast reservoir of highly skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled labor force and is one of the major source countries in the global labor market. The current paper is the first of its kind to focus primarily on migration of health professionals from India. In the absence of national-level data on migration, the paper uses data from different sources to outline the magnitude and direction of flow of health care providers from India. The paper also assesses the existing global and national policies on migration and discusses their relevance in the context of migration of health professionals from India.