Over Half a Million Pakistanis Have Been Deported in Past 5 Years

According to statistics submitted to the parliament, more than half a million Pakistanis have been deported from 134 countries around the world since January 2012.

The interior ministry provided the Senate with a list of countries from which Pakistanis have been deported along with their annual breakdown from January 2012 till June 30, 2017. This was in response to a question raised by Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini.

Places from Where Pakistani Nationals Have Been Deported

Pakistanis have not only been deported from EU, Saudi Arabia and the UAE but also from other lesser known countries.

These places include Laos, Togo, Port Louis, Lesotho, Liberia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Burundi, Madagascar, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Mozambique, Angola, and Ethiopia.

The total number of Pakistanis deported is 544,105, with the annual breakdown as follows:

  • 71,723 in 2012
  • 79,539 in 2013
  • 78,409 in 2014
  • 116,185 in 2015
  • 111,084 in 2016
  • And 87,165 by June 2017

Saudi Arabia deported the highest number of Pakistani Nationals

Saudi Arabia has deported 280,052 people which is more than half of the total.

It deported:

  • 17,369 people in 2012
  • 33,351 in 2013
  • 45,456 in 2014
  • 61,404 in 2015
  • 57,784 in 2016
  • And 64,689 have been deported from January to June 2017.

Other Countries That Deported Pakistani Nationals

UAE did the second most deportations:

  • 10,235 in 2012
  • 9,597 in 2013
  • 8,434 in 2014
  • 8,690 in 2015
  • 9,987 in 2016
  • And 5,115 Pakistanis by June 30, 2017

Oman was ranked the third country to have deported Pakistanis. It deported a a total of 20,416 Pakistanis.

Oman was followed by Malaysia, the UK and Turkey.

The non-Brexit EU countries to have deported Pakistanis included Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Norway, and Austria with Greece topping the list.

US deported 832 Pakistanis, while Canada sent home 337.

Other well-known deporting states are:

  • Sweden
  • Netherlands
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Switzerland

It is interesting to note that Pakistanis have also been deported from war-torn countries such as Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya.

Neighbouring countries of Pakistan

Iran deported:

  • 10,346 in 2012
  • 6,358 in 2013
  • 50 in 2014
  • 71 in 2015
  • 78 in 2016
  • and 50 by June this year

India deported a total of 40 Pakistanis by June 2017, followed by China deporting 240 Pakistanis, while Afghanistan deported a total of 32 Pakistanis.

Reasons for Deportation  

The reasons for deportation as tabulated by the Ministry of Interior were:

  • Overstaying visas
  • Lost passports
  • Passport retained by Kafeel (visa sponsors or employers)
  • Illegal immigration
  • Entry refused
  • Other illegal entries

Among the 115 plus reasons that led to Pakistani deportation, illegal entry was the most common.

Via Express Tribune


  • It is a time Pakistan should bluntly tell Arabs that we are not your servant to protect you any longer if you will continue your behaviour. We love our religious ideology, religious places and also loyal to them but that it does not mean, we are slaves of Arabs to do whatever they want. Pakistan should prepare foreign policy by considering its interests instead of based on Muslim policy. It is not only tragic but also shameful acts of our so-called Arab brothers to deport Pakistanis from their countries who always ready to sacrifice their lives for them.

    • @sultanmehmoodghaznavi:disqus Read the full article carefully
      Reasons for Deportation

      Overstaying visas
      Lost passports
      Passport retained by Kafeel (visa sponsors or employers)
      Illegal immigration
      Entry refused
      Other illegal entries

    • Learn something from Malaysia or Indonesia. You people should be greatly indebted to us eternally. We have given you an identity. We should have paid your government billion dollars to hunt these no good Pakistanis instead of those birds.

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