- In the last decade, the number and share of foreign-born and foreign-trained doctors and nurses continued to grow in most OECD countries: one in six doctors across the OECD countries studied abroad, up from one in seven a decade ago, with the number on foreign-born doctors and nurses rising by around 20%, a much higher growth rate than the overall increase of around 10%.
- In most OECD countries, the proportion of health workers born abroad is higher than the proportion trained abroad, reflecting the fact that destination countries provide education and training to migrants who may have moved at an early age with their families or moved to pursue their university education.
- Moreover, increasingly many foreign-trained doctors, for example, in Israel, Norway, Sweden and the United States, are people born in these countries who obtained their medical degree abroad before coming back.
- Indeed, the opportunities for and interest in studying medicine abroad are growing: for example, international medical students account for half of all medical students in Ireland, nearly a third in Romania, and a quarter in Poland.
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