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Indian medical graduates in New Zealand: does anyone win?
  1. Rishi Kumar1
  1. Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to Rishi Kumar, University of Auckland, 85 Park Road, Auckland 1023, New Zealand; rkmu889{at}


Medical migration has become a global phenomenon, partly led by easier air travel, economic factors and the expansion of medical technology. New Zealand has gradually evolved from being ‘bicultural’ to a multicultural, multitextured society. The movement of the Indian people, particularly Indian physicians, will be the focus of this paper. In the last three decades, migration eligibility in New Zealand has changed from countries of origin or ability to speak English, to profession and skills. Despite struggling with its own issues, New Zealand has proven to be a preferred destination for Indian medical graduates (IMGs). India is widely recognised as the largest ‘donor country’ for doctors, many of whom go on to establish themselves as leaders and prominent figures in their field. This migration involves three parties: India as a donor country, New Zealand as a recipient country and IMGs as the drivers of this process. Factors behind this growing phenomenon are examined and recommendations are made so that all three parties can benefit from it.

  • Ethics (see medical ethics)
  • health services administration & management
  • health policy
  • medical law

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  • Contributor RK conducted the planning, conduct and reporting of the work described in the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.