Mobility trends of psychiatric trainees in Turkey: hard to leave, harder to stay?
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The “brain drain” of the health workforce has been a long-standing concern, leading to major workforce shrinkage. Worldwide, unsatisfactory working conditions, lack of local training opportunities  and better-paid jobs abroad , have been pointed out as the key “pull” and “push” factors leading to psychiatrists’ migration.
From the 1960s to 1980s, many Turkish workers immigrated to another country in Europe , labeling Turkey as a “donor” country. Notably, in the last two decades, highly educated workers have become a larger portion of emigrant labor . Given the importance of mobility trends, the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) conducted the Brain Drain study exploring migration trends in 33 European countries (n = 2281) [5, 6]. Turkey’s unique geographic position, a junction between east and west, its status as a non-European Union (EU) country with a low number of psychiatrists (2.13 per 100,000 population) , a heavy burden of work, and...
We would like to thank the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) Brain Drain Study Group for their support to this research project.
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