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Innovations in Cooperation: A guidebook on Bilateral Agreements to Address Health Workers Migration

— theme: Labour migration policy, Rights and protection of migrants, Cooperation among multiple stakeholders, Migration and development
— type: Guides

There is limited international structure to manage the ever important phenomenon of human migration and its associated challenges. This is particularly true with respect to the international migration of health workers, where bilateral agreements between sending and receiving nations have been repeatedly and urgently called for in the context of a global health workforce crisis. The Guidebook provides an introduction to bilateral agreements, their legal status, and points to the heterogeneity and challenges present in relation to bilateral agreements serving as a solution to the issue of health worker migration. These challenges include the differing approaches to bilateral agreements necessary in relation to differing forms of national immigration policy and the failure in the past of bilateral agreements to fully engage with the concept of migration and development. There have, however, been recent innovations in developing comprehensive bilateral migration agreements that seek to simultaneously facilitate the movement of health workers and respond to the challenges associated with such migration. Recent procedural innovations in other sectors, including importantly in climate change cooperation, also provides an approach to bilateral agreements aiming to promote cooperation between nations on complex and sensitive issues.

Author/Editor
Ibadat S. Dhillon; Margaret E. Clark and Robert H. Kapp
Publishing Year
2012
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