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Rethinking professional governanceInternational directions in healthcare$
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Ellen Kuhlmann and Mike Saks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349569

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349569.001.0001

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Migration and occupational integration: foreign health professionals in Portugal1

Migration and occupational integration: foreign health professionals in Portugal1

(p.201) Thirteen Migration and occupational integration: foreign health professionals in Portugal1
Rethinking professional governance

Joana Sousa Ribeiro

Policy Press

This chapter provides some interesting insights into foreign health professionals in Portugal from the viewpoint of migration and occupational integration. It focuses on the existence of both formal and informal barriers to the professional mobility of doctors and nurses, taking different factors into account: the formal recognition of professional status, the process of socialisation and the negotiation of a professional identity in a culturally different workplace. The empirical material is taken from an ongoing qualitative research project with foreign nurses and doctors — from Spain and from outside the European Union (EU). The discussion argues that the healthcare sector creates a number of specific barriers to mobility and integration.

Keywords:   Portugal, foreign health professionals, migration, occupational integration, professional mobility, European Union

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