Islamabad, February 27, 2020
In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2001, respondents were asked “Some people are of the opinion that Pakistani government should ban Afghan migrants’ entry while others think they should be allowed to enter. What is your opinion?” In response, 52% said their entry should be banned, while 32% said they should be slowed to enter.
Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2020 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2020, 70% said their entry should be banned, while 25% said they should be allowed to enter.
Implication of this finding: Since 2002, 600,000 Afghan refugees are estimated to have repatriated to Afghanistan. In 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan extended registered Afghan refugees’ stay till June 2020. Pakistan continues to host the largest number of Afghan refugees in the World and has also been the target of internal security concerns due to influx of unregistered unregulated migrants in 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.