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2015-2019, 7% decline in the proportion of Pakistanis who report that Afghan migrants reside in their locality (Gallup & Gilani Pakistan Poll)


Islamabad, February 20, 2020

In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2015, respondents were asked “Are there Afghan migrants residing is your locality?” In response, majority 33% said yes while 64% said no.

Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2019 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2019, 26% said yes while 67% said no. Overall there has been a 7% decline in the proportion of Pakistanis reporting Afghan migrants in their area.

Implication of this finding: According to theUnited Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as of February 2020 Pakistan hosts approximately 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees. 68% of these Afghan refugees reside in villages while 32% reside in urban areas, the highest number of Afghan refugees were reported in 2002 at 3 million.

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.