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Migration and occupational integration: foreign health professionals in Portugal<sup>1</sup>

Joana Sousa Ribeiro

in Rethinking professional governance

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349569
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303251 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349569.003.0014
Migration and occupational integration: foreign health professionals in Portugal1

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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

Chapter.  6113 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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