In yet another humiliating news for Pakistan, more than 5 lakh illegal Pakistani immigrants have been deported from 134 countries across the world in the last five years for the charges of forged travel documents and criminal convictions.
According to the recent report from the Pakistan’s Interior Ministry, it was revealed that a total of 519,000 Pakistani nationals have been deported from various countries since 2014.
Interestingly, most of the illegal Pakistani immigrants have been deported from Islamic countries. At the top of the long list of countries are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, and Turkey. The illegal migrants have been deported on multiple charges, including forgery of documents and several criminal convictions.
The interior ministry report also revealed that besides these expulsions, at least 65,000 illegal immigrants are still imprisoned at deportee camps of Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Saud Arabia remains on top of the list, which expelled over 325,000 Pakistanis since 2014, while UAE is second on the list deporting more than 52,000 Pakistanis during the same period. As many as 47,000 Pakistanis, living illegally in Oman and Turkey returned home during these years.
Similarly, 18,312 Pakistanis were expelled from Malaysia, 15,320 from Britain, 17,534 from Greece, 936 from the US, 275 from China, 445 from Canada, 15,413 from Iran, and 920 from Germany between 2014 and 2019.
In an embarrassment to the parody country Pakistan, a large number of Pakistanis who illegally immigrated to European countries have also been chased out. Italy deported the highest number of Pakistanis, sending back 945.
Meanwhile, France expelled 845, Spain 494, Belgium 375, Norway 301, Austria 270, Sweden 112, Netherlands 145, Romania 165, Switzerland 65, and Bulgaria 175 back to Pakistan.
Reportedly, a large number of these Pakistani deportees have been the victim of human trafficking groups actively working in Pakistan. So far, the Interior Ministry has identified more than 1000 such groups in the country. The traffickers often prey on people who want to go abroad in search of a better life, and more suitable employment opportunities.