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One in three Belarusians wants to emigrate - poll


One in three Belarusians (31.3%) wants to leave the country for a permanent residence abroad. Nearly 62% of respondents would rather stay in Bealrus and almost 7% could not answer the question "If you had an opportunity, would you leave for a permandent residence abroad?” or refused to answer, according to the April 2017 survey conducted by the independent pollster Andrei Vardamatski's Belarusian Analytics Workroom.

Over 40% of the country's residence would like to send their children to study at schools and universities abroad. Over 46% of Belarusians are not ready for the move, reports

The poll has also seen an increase in the number of Belarusians who want Belarus to become part of Russia from 1.7% in December 2016 up to 4.6% in April 2017. At the same time, the number of those willing Belarus to integrate with Russian in a single union state dropped from 13.1% last year to 12.5%. In December 2016, 73% wanted to see Belarus and Russia as independent but friendly states against 72.7% in April 2017. There is a slight increase in the number of Belarusians who would like to have a proper border with Russia from 6.6% in December 2016 up to 7.1% in April 2017.

Slightly more than 14% support Belarus' union with the European Union (19.1% in December 2016) and 64.5% support a union with Russia (64.9 in December 2016). 65.5% of the respondents agreed that Belarus should be an independent state.