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Since 2015, nearly 4 in 5 Pakistanis continue to maintain that Afghan refugees should go back to Afghanistan (Gallup & Gilani Pakistan Poll)

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Islamabad, February 26, 2020

In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2015, respondents were asked “Do you think Afghan refugees should stay in Pakistan or should they go back to their own country?” In response, only 20% said they should stay in Pakistan while 80% said they should go back.

Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2020 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2020, only 18% said they should stay in Pakistan while 78% said they should go back.

Implication of this finding: Pakistan hosts the largest number of Afghan refugees; however majority Pakistanis continue to maintain that Afghan refugees should return to their country due to the internal domestic security issues plaguing the country.

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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