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Migrant Nurses’ Wish List for the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife As we enter 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, I would like to highlight my wish list as migrant nurses/internationally qualified nurses (IQN) continue to contribute services to the New Zealand healthcare system. Approximately 3 out of 10 (28.7% of 57,833) New Zealand nurses qualified overseas. Locally, I wish this would translate to safer nurse-patient ratios in all work settings, better pay and pay equity, equal professional development opportunities for IQNs, inclusion, and better communication and respect within and between diverse healthcare teams. Locally, I wish the government would invest more in nursing education and provide scholarships that IQNs could also access, in nurse-led and midwife-led services and appreciate that nurses and midwives, too, are central in primary health care.