Pakistan Witnesses Surge in Overseas Job Migration with Over 90,000 Departures in August Alone

In a significant trend for Pakistan, according to the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment, 2023 has seen an unprecedented number of citizens, totalling 540,000, choosing to embark on journeys abroad to pursue better employment opportunities. This escalating trend was especially evident in August, with a staggering 90,000 Pakistanis seeking work beyond their homeland's borders.

The quest for overseas jobs is not confined to a specific profession or skill set. Instead, it encapsulates a broad spectrum of occupations. Notably, 232,749 labourers have decided to ply their trade internationally. Drivers are also in abundance, with 118,172 choosing foreign roads. Additionally, this trend has not untouched professions like engineering, accounting, medicine, and education. The data reveals 5,589 engineers, 5,216 accountants, 2,261 doctors, and 1,012 teachers among the diaspora.

Diving deeper into the skill-based categorization, it becomes apparent that the migration encompasses various qualifications. A notable 15,052 are highly qualified professionals, with another 31,130 designated as highly skilled. The lion's share, however, belongs to the skilled and semi-skilled categories, with 197,719 and 57,516 individuals, respectively. But the most substantial group comprises unskilled workers, averaging up to 238,865.

Saudi Arabia is the most popular destination, with 251,655 Pakistanis gravitating towards its opportunities. Trailing closely behind is the United Arab Emirates, attracting 147,960 job seekers. Oman and Qatar also feature on the list, housing 39,901 and 39,479 Pakistanis, respectively. Countries such as Malaysia, Bahrain, Romania, Greece, and Iraq have seen an influx of Pakistani workers.

It's essential to underscore that the figures above exclusively represent individuals who have formalized their overseas intentions through registration with the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment. This data does not encompass individuals departing for educational purposes or employing alternative routes for their overseas ventures.

A comparative look at historical data accentuates the uniqueness of 2023. In 2022, Pakistan witnessed 832,339 citizens pursuing foreign job prospects, the highest figure since 2016. However, the surge in 2023, especially in August, hints at an even more pronounced trend.

While the reasons for this rising trend are multifaceted, it is evident that Pakistanis, regardless of their profession or skills, are increasingly viewing the global job market as a fertile ground for growth, development, and prosperity.


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