Norway to import 100,000 more health workers from developing countries

"We will need at least 100,000 new workers in the public health sector in the next decades. I see no way that we will find these among the people already in the country"
"This would be a win-win situation for both Norway and the foreign worker"

Eric Solheim, Minister for International Development

The Norway Post reports on the plan to handle shortage of health workforce in the country. It is estimated that 130,000 more health workers are needed over the next decade and most of them will need to be imported. Instead of sending patients abroad, the Minister is interested in the idea of managed migration when health professionals from developing countries will be recruited for limited period (temporary immigration) before moving back to their home countries at the end of the contract.

The plan is facing resistance from the Nursing Council, however.

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