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Table 4 Motivation for Staying or Leaving Iraq

From: Perceptions, experiences and expectations of Iraqi medical students

  Most important
N (%)
Somewhat important
N (%)
Not very important
N (%)
Least important
N (%)
Total
N (%)
Motivation for Staying in Iraq
 To be with family and friends 226 (54.1) 116 (27.8) 36 (8.6) 40 (9.6) 418 (100)
 Familiar with health care system in Iraq 104 (24.9) 124 (29.7) 71 (17.0) 119 (28.5) 418 (100)
 Feel responsibility to help my country 97 (23.2) 144 (34.5) 80 (19.1) 97 (23.2) 418 (100)
 Positions I can get here are better than I can get outside of Iraq 64 (15.3) 127 (30.4) 85 (20.3) 142 (34.0) 418 (100)
 Personal life style in Iraq is what I like 57 (13.6) 108 (25.8) 71 (17.0) 182 (43.5) 418 (100)
Motivation for Leaving Iraq
 Better personal lifestyle 260 (62.2) 95 (22.7) 39 (9.3) 24 (5.7) 418 (100)
 Avoid war and conflict 253 (60.5) 89 (21.3) 40 (9.6) 36 (8.6) 418 (100)
 Seek advanced training 242 (57.9) 107 (25.6) 31 (7.4) 38 (9.1) 418 (100)
 Better professional opportunities 221 (52.9) 122 (29.2) 43 (10.3) 32 (7.7) 418 (100)
 Better pay and working conditions 151 (36.1) 161 (38.5) 70 (16.8) 36 (8.6) 418 (100)
 To be with family 143 (32.3) 119 (28.5) 59 (14.1) 97 (23.2) 418 (100)
  1. Data source is a 2015 survey of 418 medical students from three medical schools in Baghdad