Integrating refugee doctors into the European workforce: statement from CPME


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The Standing Committee for European Doctors (CPME) is encouraging national medical associations (NMAs) across the region to help support the integration of refugee doctors into the European workforce. 

In a new statement adopted by the committee’s board, the CPME highlights how refugee doctors are a valuable potential resource and says NMAs have an important role to play in supporting these colleagues and helping them to re-establish their careers. 

It encourages NMAs to promote refugee doctors’ access to the recognition of professional qualifications and licensing procedures to regain the right to practise medicine. In certain cases, it says administrative procedures may need to be adapted to accommodate the loss of papers. 

Furthermore, it says NMAs should facilitate the development of programmes that support the integration of refugee doctors into the profession including, for example, inviting refugee doctors to become NMA members. 

The CPME said it will continue to raise awareness for the positive potential of refugee doctors and liaise with the European Commission, the International Organisation for Migration, the European Union/European Economic Area Member States and any other relevant actor.