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.
- 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:
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
- 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