According to a number of social media accounts and the former prime minister Imran Khan, a record number of skilled and unskilled Pakistanis fled the nation in 2022 in pursuit of employment overseas. The claim has turned out to be true.
About the claim:
Khan stated at a press conference in December 2022 that the situation was so dire that 750,000 Pakistanis left the country in just seven months. Professionals like doctors and engineers are among them. Hasaan Khawar, a former government official, also claimed on Twitter, on December 13, 2022, that 765,000 people have left Pakistan in 2022.
What statistics suggest:
According to the most recent statistics, 832,339 Pakistanis have moved overseas in 2022; the most since 2016. A state agency records oversees abroad named the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment reports that the number of Pakistanis who emigrated from their country in 2022 compared to 2021 increased by almost 200%. 90,000 of the 832,339 emigrants were skilled workers, such as physicians, engineers, information technology specialists, accountants, farmers, managers, and others.
514,909 travelled to Saudi Arabia, 128,477 to the United Arab Emirates, 82,380 to Oman, 57,999 to Qatar, 13,653 to Bahrain, and 2,089 to Kuwait, 799,507 went to the Middle East. 460,302 people, or the majority of the workforce, departed Punjab, followed by 225,272 people who left Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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