Amid a quest for better job opportunities abroad, Pakistan witnessed a significant exodus in August, with over 90000 citizens leaving the country. This adds to the growing trend of Pakistanis seeking employment opportunities overseas.
In the first eight months of 2023, a total of 540,282 Pakistanis registered for overseas employment, according to data from the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment. Until July, the count stood at 450,110, indicating that August saw the departure of more than 90000 individuals.
The departing citizens covered a wide spectrum of occupations. Among them, 232,749 were laborers, 118,172 were drivers, 5,589 were engineers, 5,216 were accountants, 2,261 were doctors, and 1,012 were teachers.
Occupationally, 15,052 highly qualified, 31,130 highly skilled, 197,719 skilled, 57,516 semi-skilled, and the majority, 238,865, unskilled workers.
Saudi Arabia remained the top destination, receiving 251,655 Pakistani workers, followed by the United Arab Emirates with 147,960, Oman with 39,901, and Qatar with 39,479. Other notable countries on the list include Malaysia (17,647), Bahrain (8,518), Romania (4,175), Greece (2,623), and Iraq (2,373).
The Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment data specifically covers individuals who have registered with the Bureau for overseas employment. Those migrating for studies or through other routes, such as direct immigration, not included in these statistics.
Last year, 832,339 Pakistanis ventured abroad in pursuit of employment, marking the highest figure since 2016.