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Over 7000 Nigerian nurses migrate to UK in one year – Report

No fewer than 7,256 Nigeria trained nurses has migrated to rUnited Kingdom between March 2021 and March 2022.

This is according to an information obtained from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of the United Kingdom on Thursday May 19, 2022.

According to the data, 2,796 Nigerian nurses migrated to the UK between March 2017 and March 2018 while there was an influx of 3,021 Nigerian nurses to the UK between March 2018 and March 2019.

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The council noted a slight increase between March 2019 and March 2020 when a total of 3,684 Nigerian nurses migrated to the UK.

In 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, 4,310 Nigerian nurses registered with the council between March 2020 and March 2021.

However, the council witnessed the highest rate of registration in the past five years when a total of 7,256 Nigerian trained nurses registered between March 2021 and March 2022.


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The council stated, “People who trained in the Philippines and India continue to represent a significant proportion of our permanent register and contribute strongly to our annual growth.

“Between 2021 and 2022, there was a significant increase in the number of people who trained in India, the Philippines and Nigeria joining the permanent register for the first time,” the council said.

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So far, the data revealed that Nigeria has the third highest number of foreign trained nurses in the UK, coming after the Philippines and India.

Similarly, as of November 2021, 8,983 Nigerian trained doctors were working in the UK. And another 727 were licensed between December 2021 and April 2022

Meanwhile that the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives had called on the Federal Government to regulate the migration of nurses and midwives in the country, noting that it was negatively impacting the Nigeria’s health sector.

Experts in the health sector have continued to advocate better working conditions for doctors, nurses and other health workers in a bid to regulate the export of human capital.


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