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The Integration of Immigrant Health Professionals: Looking beyond the COVID-19 Crisis

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The Integration of Immigrant Health Professionals: Looking beyond the COVID-19 Crisis

This issue brief looks at how the underutilized professional expertise and cultural and linguistic skills of internationally trained health professionals (and some U.S.-trained professionals) could be better leveraged to meet current and future demand for care. This includes about 270,000 underemployed or out-of-work immigrant and refugee health professionals, according to MPI estimates. The brief also looks at the promise and pitfalls of efforts early in the pandemic to boost the ranks of available health workers by creating opportunities for internationally trained professionals to practice during the health emergency. These efforts offer important lessons for building a more flexible and resilient health-care workforce ahead.

Date of Publication
Type of Resource
Target Audience
Government
Journalist
Migrant Association
Private Sector
Author
Jeanne Batalova
Michael Fix
José Ramón Fernández-Peña
Language
Geographic Scope
Country
United States of America (USA)
Sub Regions
North America
Workstream Output
No
Regional Review Process
No
SDGs
SDG.8 - Decent Work And Economic Growth
SDG.10 - Reduced Inequalities
Keywords
COVID-19 and migration
Health services and situation
Integration policies
Status
Published

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