Since World War II the Netherlands has had regular shortages of health workers. One solution was to attract workers abroad. First in the former Dutch colonies of Indonesia and Suriname, later in other countries such as the Philippines, South-Africa, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Poland and Latvia.
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In the context of the PSI project "Woman and International Migration in the Health Sector" a pre-decision kit is being assembled containing information about countries that already recruit or will recruit health workers abroad.
ABVAKABO FNV, the Dutch union, takes part in the project, supplying information to nursing staff, care workers and other health workers who are considering a career in the Netherlands. The information comprises general data on the Netherlands and is available in Dutch, English and Polish. There is also a brochure, which for now is available in Dutch only, with more specific information on working in Dutch health care.