Islamabad: According to various sources, despite the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan has emerged as the region’s “Manpower Export Leader,” sending roughly 224,705 people to various nations for various job assignments in 2020, beating out other regional players such as Bangladesh and India.

Bangladesh sent 217,699 people abroad for work over the same year, while India sent 94,145, according to a tweet from the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HR Development.

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It added to the tweet by saying, “Pakistan becomes a ‘Manpower Export Leader’ in the region despite the pandemic, leaving behind India and Bangladesh in the export of manpower in 2020.”

Over 11.4 million Pakistanis have gone overseas for work in more than 50 countries, according to the Pakistan Economic Survey, which was released by the government last week.

According to the report, the bulk of Pakistani workers go to Gulf Cooperation Council nations (96%), with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates hosting the most of them.

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However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a decline in the number of emigrants registered in 2020 was observed, including in GCC countries, it stated, adding that Saudi Arabia was the most popular destination for Pakistani workers, accounting for more than 60% of all emigrants, followed by the UAE (24%), and Oman (14%). (4.6pc).

In 2020, 136,339 persons traveled to Saudi Arabia, 53,676 to the United Arab Emirates, 10,336 to Oman, and many more countries.

According to the report, the ministry is working to increase Pakistani manpower exports by seeking new job markets around the world.

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