What were the consequences?


The estimations of the amount of Surinamese nurses who moved during the end of the fifties to the Netherlands vary. It could have been two hundred, but it is more likely that the amount is bigger. In 2003, the names of 184 women were retrieved; eleven had died by then and the residence of seventy-one of the women was unknown. 125 women could be located. Slightly less that a quarter of them had moved back to Suriname, the large majority had stayed in the Netherlands and some had moved to Canada, the United States or Curacao. Most of the women did not know what to expect when they arrived in the Netherlands. Some of them quit prematurely because of a conflict, home-sickness, or because they were unfit for the job or pregnant.

How many of them succeeded to get a degree? Of the sixty-eight women of which detailed information has been collected, forty-seven (70%) got one or more degrees: the a-degree (29), the b-degree (26) and/or the midwife-certificate (21). Other trainings that were followed by this group include those for work in the surgery room, for ophthalmology and neurology, and some became a teacher.


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