630,000 Pakistanis Seek Employment Abroad in 2023


The first nine months of 2023 have seen a remarkable exodus of more than 630,000 Pakistani nationals seeking better job prospects overseas. According to data recently released by the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment, a total of 633,108 Pakistanis registered for overseas employment within the first nine months of the current calendar year, extending up until September.

Up until the end of July, the count of Pakistanis who had left the country in search of opportunities abroad was recorded at 540,282. This data implies that during September alone, over 92,000 Pakistanis embarked on journeys abroad in pursuit of employment and a brighter future.

A closer investigation of the statistics reveals a diverse array of professionals seeking opportunities abroad. The departing group comprised 275,433 laborers, 141,282 drivers, 6,351 engineers, 5,876 accountants, 2,580 doctors, and 1,194 teachers.

The breakdown by occupation issued by the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment unveils that, of the individuals who embarked on this journey, 17,058 were highly qualified, 35,414 were highly skilled, 232,933 were skilled, 65,922 were semi-skilled, while the majority, numbering 281,781, were classified as unskilled.


Saudi Arabia became the primary destination for Pakistani workers, attracting 302,634individuals in search of employment. The United Arab Emirates came next, with 173,561 Pakistanis choosing the country as their employment destination. Other prominent countries on the list include Oman, which welcomed 44,567 Pakistani workers, and Qatar, which received 44,777 new arrivals. Further destinations of interest for Pakistani job-seekers encompass Malaysia (18,609), Bahrain (9,599), Romanian (4,405), Greece (2,676), and Iraq (2,646).

It is crucial to note that the data from the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment focuses exclusively on individuals who registered with the Bureau. It does not encompass people who migrate abroad for education or via alternative routes such as direct immigration.

Notably, the numbers for 2023 indicate a significant increase in the desire of Pakistanis to explore international employment opportunities. Last year, 2022, marked a record-breaking year with 832,339 Pakistanis venturing overseas for employment purposes. This figure was the highest recorded since 2016, signifying the persistent ambition of Pakistanis to seek better job prospects and improved living standards abroad.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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