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Nearly equal split between Pakistanis who are optimistic that Afghan refugees will return to their country and those who think Afghan refugees will stay in Pakistan

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Islamabad, 24 February 2020

According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan, nearly equal split between Pakistanis who are optimistic that Afghan refugees will return to their country and those who think Afghan refugees will stay in Pakistan.

A representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, “In your opinion, majority of Afghan refugees will return to their country or will they stay in Pakistan?” In response, 45% say Afghan refugees will go back while 46% believe they will stay in Pakistan. Only 9% say they do not now/did not wish to respond.

Urban-Rural Breakdown: Relatively higher proportion of rural residents believe that Afghan refugees will go back to their country as compared to urban respondents

Out of the total urban respondents, 41% believe that Afghan refugees will go back to their country while 47% say they will stay in Pakistan and 12% do not know/do not wish to respond. Out of the total rural respondents, higher 46% Pakistanis believe that Afghan refugees will go back to their country while another 46% disagree and 8% say they do not know/did not respond.

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