Brain Drain: Like doctors, Nigerian nurses are also migrating, many to UK

Written by on October 28, 2022

Between 2019 and mid-2022, at least 4,460 nurses migrated from Nigeria to the United Kingdom (UK), data from the development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) has shown.

Premium Times reports that the data was released by dRPC, a public policy think-tank, at a symposium on Wednesday in Abuja. The programme was put together to discuss the brain drain in Nigeria’s health sector and its implications for sustainable child and family health service delivery and financing in the context of new national priorities.

Quoting data from the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of the UK, dRPC said the number of Nigeria-trained nurses increased by 68.4 per cent from 2,790 in March 2017 to 7,256 in March 2022.

The data shows that 225 nurses and midwives migrated to the UK in 2019; 663 in 2022; and 626 in 2021. Within the ten months of this year, 2,946 nurses and midwives have relocated to the UK to seek greener pastures.

The UK is easily the most preferred destination for Nigerian migrating health workers.


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