Sitting at the nexus of labor migration and health care work, this book examines the dynamic relationship between nurses' cross-border movement and efforts to regulate their migration. Grounded in multi-sited qualitative research, this volume analyzes the changing social dimensions and transnational scale of global nursing, focusing particularly on the recruitment from the Philippines to Germany. The flow of nursing skills from resource-poor countries to well-off ones is not only producing a global care crisis, but also serves as a prime example of the international race for talent and skill. As it takes a critical eye to the emerging field of migration governance or management as the preferred policy response to competing discourses of global care crises and the global competition for skilled care work, this book highlights not only the shifting web of actors, discourses, and practices in care work migration management, but also, and more importantly, how various forms of care figure in the global migration of nurses.
Cleovi C. Mosuela is a postdoctoral researcher at Bielefeld University, Germany, under the Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience program. Her research interests revolve around migration-mobility, especially its relationship to development, security, and environmental change, post-colonialism, and governmentality studies.
1.1 Fostering good circulation and new development actors
1.2 Recognition of care as labor
1.3 Multi-sited research and positionality
1.5 Structure of the book
2. Migrating nursing skills: Governmentality and ethics of care
2.1 Persistence of brain drain discourse
2.2 Global competition for human capital
2.3 Globalizing care crises and ethical concerns
2.4 Global and normative solutions
2.5 Governmentality: Approaching governance
2.6 Towards caring societies
3. Fair globalization and migration for health care workers?
3.1 Migration management
3.1.1 Whose migration?
3.2 Making migration fair
3.3 Analogy with globalization processes
3.3.1 Fair globalization
3.4 Circulation of human capital
3.5 Good circulation in practice
4. Ethical recruitment: Governing through brokerage
4.1 Importing care
4.1.1 Health care industry
4.1.2 Past bilateral agreements on labor recruitment
4.2 Brokers and migration managers
4.2.1 Forging alliances between state agencies
4.2.2 Development: a point of assemblage
5. Towards a sustainable health workforce?
5.1 Defining and performing sustainability
5.1.1 Placement fees
5.1.2 Supply of nurses in the source country
5.1.3 Selection process and placement
5.2 Abridged narratives of problem/solution
5.3 Care for/about the future
6. Decent care work only across borders
6.1 The commodification of Filipino care work
6.2 Care for care-givers: Ailments in the Philippine health care sector
6.3 Decent work agenda past borders
6.4 Reintegration of nurse returnees?
6.5 Circular migration of nurses
7. Ambassadors of Filipino Care
7.1 Agents of care
7.2 "Everything for Deutsch
!": overcoming socio-cultural vulnerabilities
7.2.1 Professional Preparation Course
7.2.2 Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar
7.3 Integrating through performing "Filipino care work"
7.4 Ethic of care in transnationality
8. Conclusion: Towards a care-full migration of nurses
8.1 Problem-solution discursive strategy
8.2 Migrants as winners
8.3 Care duties