Skilled Migration Before and During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Rossen Koroutchev


This article analyses the role of skilled migration before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, emphasizing the health sector. Using official statistics, it investigates the evolution of the migrant skilled professionals from this sector over the last decade and the difficulties they face in different European countries. A special analysis is devoted to recognizing and validating the professional credentials of migrant healthcare workers and their crucial importance nowadays. Some comparisons have been made between the health sector in the UK and Spain by pointing out the importance of foreign doctors and nurses in mitigating the pandemic’s effect even during periods of lockdown and border closures. The conclusion of this research confirms the necessity of a collective and sustainable response to address the global shortage of health professional regulations and bureaucratic difficulties related to work permissions and authorizations in the post-Covid-19 recovery era.


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Koroutchev, Rossen. 2024. “Skilled Migration Before and During the Covid-19 Pandemic”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 10 (2):33-47.
Author Biography

Rossen Koroutchev, Departamento de Geografía, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain

Rossen Kostadinov Koroutchev is a Master fellow of Geography (2008) and International Relations (2010) from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, where later in 2014 he defended his PhD thesis about the European Return and Cyclic Migration. He is a former Research Associate researcher at the Group of Mediterranean Studies at the same University. Currently, he is a Research Scientist at the Department of Geography, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain. Dr. Koroutchev has been awarded several visiting positions at European Universities such as Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia, Tbilisi State University, Georgia, and the University of Bern, Switzerland. His research is focused on Migration, Borders and Development issues.