Giving words to what we already know, Filipino Nursing Graduates and the Risk of the Migration Trap discusses the Sisyphean struggle that aspiring Filipino nurses undergo in their search for a better life outside the country. The key argument are the two traps that they fall into:
The first is the migration trap…: aspiring migrants obtain specific credentials in the hope of working overseas, yet are unable to leave when labor demands or immigration requirements change…. Lacking public funds, Philippine hospitals could not offer permanent positions to the staggering number of nursing graduates within the country, leaving many unemployed and unable to obtain the work experience needed for jobs in alternative destinations like Japan and Singapore. Filipino nursing graduates caught in this situation then find themselves in an opportunity trap…: the never-ending need to collect credentials in order to secure a positional advantage in the job market.
Moreover, the author argues that rather than brain drain, it is a problem of brain waste as “…qualified nursing graduates find themselves in industries and jobs that have little need for their skills.”