Most Pakistani processed for employment abroad are laborers and mostly in Saudi Arabia!


By Khalid Khattak

This post is continuation of the earlier post Over 8.5 million Pakistanis processed for employment abroad since 1971.

According to the country-wise data almost half of the Pakistanis (over 4.3 million) out of total over 8.5 million who have been processed for employment abroad got jobs in Saudi Arabia only and most of these (over 3.3 million) are laborers.

These cases were processed by the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment, Pakistan from the year 1971 to 2015 (up-to October).

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment is a regulatory body/authority which “controls, regulates, facilitates and monitors the emigration process conducted by the Overseas Employment Promoters (OEPs), in the private sector which are more or less 1119, besides ‘direct employment’ by which mode the individual procures foreign employment either through his own efforts or relatives and friends serving abroad.”

This map shows top 3 Arab countries where most Pakistan have been processed for employment since 1971 to 2015.


According to this data out of total over 8.3 million, the bureau processed employment of some 3,330,878 (over 3.3 million) laborers abroad since 1971. Among all the employment categories few have been highlighted in this infographic.

Abroad Categories



The data regarding rest of the categories (year-wise) has been explained in this interactive chart. You can download the data too!



Main photo: Dawn/AFP