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Arab Expatriate Health Professional Migration to the Gulf
Paper Proposal Text :

Proposal for the 6th Annual Gulf Research Conference
University of Cambridge( August 2015)

Arab Expatriate Health Professionals Migration to the Gulf
Dr. Heba Nassar
February 2015

Objective of the paper

This paper will address the migration of Health Professionals to the Gulf countries with a general world overview and a historical trends analysis for regional Arab migration as well as health professionals migration with the objective of drawing policy recommendations at the national , regional and international level


Characteristics of receiving countries : the GCC countries and sending countries: Egypt and Lebanon Sudan will be analyzed.

The paper aims to study the negative and positive impact of migration on both sending and receiving countries in terms of brain drain , human resource development and the educational system as well - knowledge & Skills Transfer, and the economic impact of the development role of remittances

Policy Recommendations:

The author would like to end with strong policy recommendations regarding a human resources strategy for Health professionals ,conducting Needs Assessment Creating a national database for HRH, revising educational curricula ,Improve and enhance training programs , creating Financial and Non-Financial Incentives; financial incentives and managing shortages in health manpower addressing the push factors for the health worker migration , responsible recruitment policies by destination/receiving countries and fair treatment of migrant health workers. In accordance to regional and international codes, encouraging sending and receiving countries to adopt and implement the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel and enhancing regional dialogue and co-operation between countries of origin and destination countries, as well as bi-lateral and regional dialogue to better manage the migration of health professionals in a way that fulfills the interests of the source countries in meeting the shortages in their national health workforce as well as enabling the sending countries to better manage and coordinate their own national workforce. The study will try to answer how to maximize the potential benefits of the migration and the benefits of the remittances inflows. Finally research should fulfill all gaps for better understanding the situation and better remedy policies