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Health and social care personnel - international recruitment: code of practice

This Code of Practice sets out the principles and practices for the ethical international recruitment and appointment of all international health and social care personnel in Scotland. This demonstrates Scotland’s commitment to ethical recruitment and protecting the healthcare systems of developing.

Health and social care personnel - international recruitment: code of practice
8. Annex A - WHO list of countries

8. Annex A - WHO list of countries

8.1 Countries on the WHO Health Workforce Support and Safeguard List 2020 are graded red between a partner country, which restricts recruiting organisations to the terms of agreement, the country is added to the amber list. If the country is not on the red or amber list, then its green. If a government to government agreement is put in place with a red country, then the grading of that country is changed to amber and recruitment can happen on the terms of the agreement.

Red countries - active recruitment is not permitted

Afghanistan
Liberia
Angola
Madagascar
Bangladesh
Malawi
Benin
Mali
Burkina Faso
Mauritania
Burundi
Micronesia, Federated States.
Cameroon
Mozambique
Central African Republic
Nepal
Chad
Niger
Congo
Nigeria
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Pakistan
Côte d'Ivoire
Papua New Guinea
Djibouti
Senegal
Equatorial Guinea
Sierra Leone
Eritrea
Solomon Islands
Ethiopia
Somalia
Gabon
South Sudan
Gambia, The
Sudan
Guinea
Togo
Guinea-Bissau
Uganda
Haiti
United Republic of Tanzania
Kiribati
Vanuatu
Lesotho

Yemen, Rep.

Amber countries - international recruitment is only permitted in compliance with the terms of a government-to-government agreement.

  • Kenya.

Green countries - active recruitment is permitted from green countries.

8.2 Green countries are any country not included on the WHO Health Workforce Support and Safeguard List 2020. Green countries which have signed government to government agreements in place for international health and social care workforce recruitment, are noted separately below.

Green countries with a government to government agreement are:

  • Philippines
  • Malaysia

Contact

Email: healthworkforcehub@gov.scot