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Table 2 Reasons for coming to Ireland, prior experience and years spent in Ireland compared with migration intentions

From: Passing through – reasons why migrant doctors in Ireland plan to stay, return home or migrate onwards to new destination countries

Reasons/Intentions Migration intentions
Intends to remain in Ireland n (%) Intends to return home n (%) Intends to migrate to onwards n (%) Total n (%) P valuea
Reasons for coming to Irelandb
For post-graduate medical qualificationsc 86 (83 %) 52 (68 %) 122 (81 %) 260/331 (79 %) 0.0236
For higher salaryc 30 (32 %) 25 (33 %) 79 (52 %) 134/324 (41 %) 0.0018
For family reasonsc 43 (47 %) 20 (27 %) 48 (32 %) 111/315 (35 %) 0.0161
For safety/securityc 47 (51 %) 28 (38 %) 69 (47 %) 144/315 (46 %)d 0.2502
Years of experience prior to arrival
<5 8 (8 %) 16 (20 %) 15 (9 %) 39 (11 %) 0.0043
6–10 12 (12 %) 12 (15 %) 37 (23 %) 61 (18 %)
11–15 20 (19 %) 17 (22 %) 28 (18 %) 65 (19 %)
16–20 15 (14 %) 4 (5 %) 29 (18 %) 48 (14 %)
21–25 21 (20 %) 8 (10 %) 18 (11 %) 47 (14 %)
>25 28 (27 %) 22 (28 %) 33 (21 %) 83 (24 %)
TOTAL 104 (100 %) 79 (100 %) 160 (100 %) 343 (100 %)d
Years spent in Ireland
<2 8 (9 %) 12 (20 %) 17 (13 %) 37 (13 %) 0.0054
3–5 5 (5 %) 9 (15 %) 29 (22 %) 43 (15 %)
6–10 31 (33 %) 16 (27 %) 43 (32 %) 90 (31 %)
11–15 22 (23 %) 12 (20 %) 26 (19 %) 60 (21 %)
>15 28 (30 %) 10 (17 %) 19 (14 %) 57 (20 %)
Total 94 (100 %) 59 (100 %) 134 (100 %) 287 (100 %)e
  1. aχ2 test of association
  2. bReasons for coming to Ireland are not mutually exclusive
  3. cIndication of ‘Very important’ or ‘Important’
  4. dMissing data for ‘reasons for coming to Ireland’ and ‘years of prior experience’ range from 0 (345 responses) to 30 (315 responses) respondents
  5. eMissing data for years spent in Ireland = 58 – see text