In the first eight months of 2023, Pakistan has witnessed an enormous wave of emigration, with more than half a million citizens seeking better job opportunities overseas. . The latest data from the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment reveals an astonishing trend, where 90000 Pakistanis registered for overseas employment until August, marking a prominent shift in the pursuit of career prospects beyond the country’s borders.
August’s Migration Surge as 90000 Pakistanis Leave the Country
The most striking aspect of this migration pattern is the surge in August. Up until July, a total of 450,110 Pakistanis had already embarked on their journey in search of employment abroad. However, August witnessed a remarkable spike as over 90000 Pakistanis left the country in pursuit of better prospects on foreign shores. This sudden increase underscores the urgency and determination of many to find opportunities beyond their homeland.
It’s important to note that this data pertains to individuals who have formally registered with the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment. It does not account for those who have chosen alternative routes, such as direct immigration or pursuing international studies. Last year’s record-breaking figure of 832,339 Pakistanis heading abroad for employment depicts the growing trend of global mobility in pursuit of career opportunities.
Diverse Occupational Landscape
A closer look at the data reveals a diverse range of professionals and skilled workers among those who have left Pakistan. This diverse group includes 232,749 laborers, 118,172 drivers, 5,589 engineers, 5,216 accountants, 2,261 doctors, and 1,012 teachers. This diverse representation of professions reflects the broad spectrum of expertise and skills that Pakistanis are offering to the global job market.
The bureau’s occupation-wise breakdown further showcases the variety of talent seeking opportunities abroad, with categories ranging from highly qualified individuals to unskilled workers. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar have emerged as the preferred destinations for many job seekers, with Malaysia, Bahrain, Romania, Greece, and Iraq also witnessing significant inflows.