Pakistan one of the least racist countries in the world: Survey

Only 6.5 per cent of Pakistanis would object to having a neighbour of a different race.


Web Desk May 16, 2013
Map of the world's most and least racially tolerant countries. The blue countries are more tolerant while the red countries are less racially tolerant. PHOTO: WASHINGTON POST

Pakistan has been ranked as one of the least racist countries in the world, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Data tabulated from the World Values Survey, compiled by two Swedish economists, implied that Pakistanis was among the more racially tolerant countries.

The surveyors asked respondents in more than 80 different countries to identify the sorts of people they would not wish to have as neighbours. Some replied, “people of a different race.” It was concluded that this question could serve as an accurate indicator of racial tolerance in different countries.

Merely 6.5 per cent of Pakistani survey respondents objected to having a neighbour of a different race.

The data showed that Anglo and Latin American countries were the most tolerant in the world. Respondents were the most receptive to having racially diverse neighbours in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

India, Jordan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong were the least racially tolerant countries, according to the data. Only three countries out of the 81 surveyed had more than 40 per cent of respondents say that they would not like to have a neighbour of a different race.

43.5 per cent of Indians, 51.4 per cent of Jordanians, 71.8 per cent of Hong Kongers and 71.7 per cent of Bangladeshis were termed “racially intolerant”.

COMMENTS (72)

Prakash | 8 years ago | Reply

@Observer

".....though they were happy to "live with" the Hindus when they were the rulers...."

You would have said as much, if not more, by saying, ".....though they were happy to “live with” the Hindus when their coreligionists were the rulers...."

Mirza | 8 years ago | Reply

Two points here: First of all only when it comes to our advantage we take the western press as a page from the holy book otherwise they are liars. It is true we do not discriminate on the basis of race. We do discriminate on the basis of religion and even sects in Islam. We do not care much if a person is from a different race as long as he/she is Muslim of our sect!

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