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1998-2017: In the past two decades, decline in percentage of urban Pakistanis who say they would want to exit Pakistan and seek residence elsewhere.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1998 (19 years ago) respondents in urban Pakistan were asked, “Would you like to have permanent residency in any country other than Pakistan?” In response, 25% respondents said yes they would like to have permanent residency in any country other than Pakistan and 75% said no they would not.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 16% respondents said yes they would like to have permanent residency in any country other than Pakistan and 84% said no they would not.

Over the past 19 years, there has been a 9% decline in the proportion of Pakistanis who would like to have permanent residency in a country other than Pakistan.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

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