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Migration and Recruitment of African Nurses in the UK: Between the Primacy of National Imperatives and Global Openness


In a globalized health market, what are the public policies that allow the United Kingdom (UK) to employ African migrant nurses to meet the health needs and to satisfy national and international public opinion? This is the question the article below asks. It is based on an analysis of the UK migration regulation policies and interviews with African migrant nurses in the UK. It uses a neo-institutionalist approach to explain the capacity of public policies to adapt and change in response to imperatives by the use of “room for manoeuvre”.