According to a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 24% of all Pakistanis across the country are willing to settle abroad for good. Saudi Arabia (37%) is the most popular and America (11%) is the least popular choice to relocate.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked the following question: “Would you like to settle down in any country other than Pakistan?” Recently in 2011, 24% have replied in affirmative as opposed to 75% are not keen in settling abroad. The comparable figures in response to the same question in 2000 were: 30% were eager to live outside Pakistan where as 70% were not.
A detailed analysis of the recent data shows that proportionately more urbanites (32%) would like to settle abroad as compared to their rural counterparts (20%). The survey data also reveals that willingness to settle abroad is relatively higher in males (31%) than females (17%).
“Would you like to settle down in any country other than Pakistan?”
In a follow up question, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked the following question: “If yes, then which country?” 37% among those who replied in affirmative chose Saudi Arabia, 11% America, 12% UK, 12% UAE and 23% gave other responses. The corresponding values for 2000 were Saudi Arabia (35%), America (25%), UK (10%), UAE (9%) and 20% gave other responses.
It is interesting to note that willingness to reside in all countries has increased except for America, which has drastically declined over the past ten years.
“If yes, then which country?”
The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2718 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during January 2011. Error margin is estimated to be approximately + 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.