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A new four-year study by the UN Development Program and the Swiss government suggests that nearly one in three people across wide swaths of Uzbekistan would like to get out of the country.

Researchers also concluded that many migrants lose their desire to return to their homeland after four or five years.

Experts interviewed by RFE/RL's Uzbek Service blamed "unemployment and lawlessness" as the likely roots of such dissatisfaction.

That's the bad news.

The worse news is that the survey did not even include the 5 million Uzbeks in recent years who've already let their feet do the talking.

-- Sojida Djakhfarova

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