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Centre for Research on Social Inclusion

Indian nurse migration and education circuits

Contextualizing and extending global care chain analysis:
A focus on Indian nurse migration and education circuits

By Associate Professor Margaret Walton-Roberts, visiting scholar at CRSI

Date: Tuesday 12 May 2009
Time: 12-2pm (includes lunch)
Venue: C5C372 - Directions

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The 'global care chain' and 'international division of care' are concepts that have been used to great effect in linking the structural and personal dimensions of feminized international labour migration. One criticism of theses approaches, however, has been their limited application to assess only the domestic labour care sector. It has been argued that extending the global care chain concept to other care sectors, particularly nursing, will enhance the concept's analytical and explanatory power.

Using this extended model of the global care chain concept, I offer a preliminary reading of my recent research on Indian nurse training and migration. I employ the care chain approach to focus on the political-economy of Indian nurse training and migration, but also expand it to represent the important cultural articulations that underlie this type of female migration. I argue that an extended global care chain approach is the best way to articulate the culturally embedded Indian specifics of nursing practice and status with the diffuse legislative and regulatory structures that frame current international nurse migration circuits.

About the presenter

Dr Margaret Walton-Roberts is a human geographer with a focus on international migration. She is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada, and the director of the International Migration Research Centre at the same University. Margaret is currently an Honorary Associate at the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University.

Dr Margaret Walton-Roberts's research has operated on two broad tracks, both of which lie within CRSI's areas of research strength: Indian emigration and transnational migrant networks; and immigration to second and third tier cities in Canada.