Background: There are few studies about the Indonesian nurse returnees’ career after working and living overseas. Therefore, the present study addressed the current status of their employment. Purpose: This paper explores the situation of return migration among Indonesian nurses who return to the country of origin. Methods: Descriptive study using the latest survey of Indonesian nurse returnees. Results: The career situation of Indonesian nurse returnees varies on the post-migration stage. Half of the returnees were working out of nursing areas (57.2%) at the time of the survey. Returnees predominantly work as own account worker when they get back into the labor market. While the rest were working as private employees, Japanese translators, Indonesian state own enterprises employee, hotel staff, insurance agent, and teacher. Conclusion: The result of this research inquiry adds new understanding and knowledge in an area of return migration of nurses that has been relatively unexplored. Returnee career situations were relatively similar number between nursing and non-nursing areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-299
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • Career choices
  • Indonesian nurses
  • Return migration


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