Wednesday, April 24, 2024

2.7 Million Pakistanis Left the Country in 5 Years At a Rate of Over 1400/Day

Over the course of the last five years, a significant number of highly-qualified young Pakistanis have chosen to seek opportunities abroad, with the total count reaching approximately 2.7 million individuals. This trend, often referred to as “brain drain,” has persisted despite efforts to address the underlying factors driving it.

According to official data, more than 400,000 highly-educated and skilled Pakistani youths left the country in the first six months of the current year alone. This adds to the staggering total of 2.7 million who have sought greener pastures overseas over the past five years.

Experts attribute this phenomenon to a variety of factors, including uncertain economic conditions, rising inflation, and high levels of unemployment. They note that these challenges are not limited to any specific region of the country, affecting young people nationwide.

A breakdown of the data reveals that those leaving Pakistan come from diverse professional backgrounds. Among them are accountants, engineers, doctors, technicians, managers, nurses, teachers, electricians, computer typists, agricultural experts, computer operators, supervisors, and draftsmen.

The most popular destinations for Pakistani expatriates include various countries in the Middle East, with a significant number heading to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar. Additionally, a notable number have chosen to migrate to countries outside the Middle East, such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Malaysia, Greece, and Romania.

The impact of this exodus is felt across the country, with individuals from all provinces and regions opting to relocate in search of better opportunities. Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Islamabad have all contributed to the outflow of talent from Pakistan.

Despite government efforts to address the issue, the departure of highly-educated and skilled youth continues unabated. The scale of this migration underscores the need for comprehensive policies and initiatives aimed at creating a conducive environment for young people to thrive within the country, thereby stemming the tide of brain drain.

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