Developing countries - recruitment

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18 / 3 / 2014 00:00 AM

The Code of Practice states that developing countries should not be targeted when actively recruiting healthcare professionals.

The Department of Health has worked with the Department for International Development (DFID) to produce a list of developing countries and countries that should not be actively recruited from. 

This list is based upon the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Development Assistance Committee list of aid recipients. It also includes countries from which the UK has agreed not to recruit. The rationale for the list is based upon the economic status of the countries and how many healthcare professionals are available.

Afghanistan  

Albania  

Algeria  

Angola  

Anguilla  

Antigua and Barbuda  

Armenia  

Aruba  

Azerbaijan 

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belize  

Benin  

Bermuda

Bhutan 

Bolivia 

Bosnia and Herzegovina    

Botswana 

Brazil 

Burkina Faso

Burundi  

Cambodia

Cameroon  

Cape Verde 

Central African Republic 

Chad 

Chile

 

China
The Chinese Government has requested that China is removed from this list but no recruitment should take place in small rural areas. 

Chinese Taipei

Colombia

Comoros 

Congo, Rep  

Cook Islands  

Costa Rica  

Cote d’Ivoire

Cuba 

Democratic Republic of Congo 

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic 

East Timor  

Ecuador

Egypt 

El Salvador  

Equatorial Guinea 

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Fiji

Gabon

Gambia 

Georgia

Ghana 

Grenada 

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau  

Guyana

Haiti 

Honduras 

India
After discussions with the DFID and High Commission in India, we can confirm that agencies can recruit healthcare professionals from India. However, there are four states that receive DFID aid which should not be targeted for recruitment - these are Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal.

Indonesia 

Iran   

Iraq  

Jamaica 

Jordan

Kazakhstan  

Kenya

Kiribati    

Korea, Democratic Republic 

Kyrgyz Republic  

Lebanon

Laos 

Lesotho

Liberia 

 

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malaysia

Malawi 

Maldives  

Mali   

Marshall Islands  

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia     

Moldova

Mongolia 

Montserrat

Morocco 

Mozambique

Myanmar   

Namibia 

Nauru 

Nepal 

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria  

Niue 

Pakistan

Palau Islands 

Panama

Papua New Guinea  

Paraguay  

Peru 

Philippines
There is a Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and Philippine governments to enable the UK to recruit registered nurses and other healthcare professionals. Other healthcare professionals refer to physiotherapists, radiographers, occupational therapists, biomedical scientists and other allied health professionals that are regulated by appropriate professional bodies in both countries.

Rwanda

Samoa  

Sao Tome and Principe 

Saudi Arabia  

Senegal

Seychelles 

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands

Somalia 

South Africa  

Sri Lanka

St Helena 

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia 

St Vincent and Grenadines  

Sudan   

Suriname

Swaziland  

Syria  

Tajikistan

Tanzania 

Thailand    

Togo   

Tokelau 

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago  

Tunisia

Turkey  

Turkmenistan  

Turks and Caicos Islands   

Tuvalu 

Uganda 

Uruguay

Uzbekistan 

Vanuatu 

Venezuela

Vietnam

Virgin Islands 

Wallis and Futuna 

West Bank and Gaza Strip

Yemen 

Yugoslavia 

Zambia

Zimbabwe

This list was updated in April 2013 

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