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More Than 450,000 Pakistani Nationals Seek Employment Abroad in 2023

Date: August 21, 2023

In the initial seven months of 2023, a significant exodus of over 450,000 Pakistanis has been recorded as they embark on a journey to secure improved job prospects abroad.

Based on official data sourced from the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment, a staggering count of 450,110 Pakistanis have formally registered for overseas work opportunities in the current calendar year, extending until July.

A comprehensive analysis of the provided statistics reveals that among those who undertook this journey, 192,188 individuals identified as laborers, while 96,466 were categorized as drivers. The diverse spectrum of migrants also encompassed 4,705 engineers, 4,431 accountants, 1,925 medical practitioners, and 764 educators.

Further exploration into the occupational categories indicates that out of the departing individuals, 12,787 were highly qualified, and 26,405 were classified as highly skilled.

Saudi Arabia became the preferred destination for 205,515 workers, followed by the United Arab Emirates with 121,745 migrants. Additionally, 35,637 Pakistanis relocated to Qatar, and 34,140 sought employment opportunities in Oman. Noteworthy countries on the list also include Malaysia (16,166), Bahrain (7,441), Greece (2,565), Romania (3,275), and Iraq (2,119).

It’s noteworthy that the data supplied by the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment exclusively accounts for individuals who have registered with the Bureau. Not included in this enumeration are individuals who pursue international education or utilize alternative pathways such as direct immigration.

Last year, a considerable 832,339 Pakistani citizens ventured abroad in pursuit of employment opportunities, representing the highest figure observed since 2016.

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