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Table 1 The first-ranked reason for staying abroad as ranked by 74 expatriate Libyan doctors.

From: The Libyan doctors' brain drain: an exploratory study

Reason Number Percent
Educational: Pursue further education and research 37 50
Economic: Seek better income and life standard 23 31
Personal and other reasons: 14 19
   • Poor working conditions in Libya, lack of job satisfaction, and more stability abroad 5 7
   • Personal and family reasons 4 5
   • Political reasons 2 3
   • Religious reasons 2 3
   • Better education for children 1 1
  1. Data from survey of expatriate Libyan physicians, 2008, conducted by Benamer, Bredan and Bakoush.