Migration of African-trained physicians abroad : a case study of Saskatchewan, Canada
Several factors inform health professionals’ decisions to migrate from developing to developed countries to practice their profession. This study explores the “Push” and “Pull” factors that informed African-trained physicians’ decisions to migrate to the province of Saskatchewan, how well they integrated into their new working environments upon arrival and how that might contribute to future migration and retention in Saskatchewan. Based on questionnaire surveys and face-to-face interviews, this study identified differences in the relative importance of precipitating factors for physicans’ from South, North and “Other” African nations. Although the majority of African-trained physicians’ for the study indicated that profession-related push factors were the precipitating factors for their migration, a smaller number did not cite these as important. Most respondents for the study integrated well into the health care system and have remained at their current location of practice because of the support they received from colleagues at their work places.
issues of integration, impacts of migration, "push-pull" factors, African-trained physicians, Health professionals, physician migration
Master of Arts (M.A.)