Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

IISEPS: Half of Belarusians want to leave the country

As much as 53.7% of Belarusians want to go abroad to work or study and 41.4% would like to leave Belarus forever.

Slowly but steadily growing interest of Belarusians to living abroad has become the main foreign policy trend.

This was revealed by independent sociologists from an opinion survey carried out by the Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies (IISEPS) this summer.

Today, 53.7% of respondents say they want to work/study abroad (15.1% in Germany, 11.4% in the US, 8.9% in Russia, 9.8% in any country except Belarus) and 41.4% would like to permanently move to another country if they had such an opportunity (8.8% chose Germany, 7.9% - the US, 6% - Russia).

In May 2011, this answer was given by 38.5% of respondents.