Half a million Pakistanis deported since 2012

Name a country, any country, and it will probably have deported Pakistanis.

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

While it is commonplace for Pakistanis to be deported from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and a number of European Union member states, many smaller and lesser-known countries have also booted Pakistani nationals for a number of reasons.

Most Pakistanis would not even have heard of some of these countries, much less be able to locate them on a map.

Though the total number of deportees from these states was small compared to the developed world, some of the places where Pakistani nationals were kicked out from are countries like Laos, Togo, Port Louis, Lesotho, Liberia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Burundi, Madagascar, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Mozambique, Angola, and Ethiopia.

The name of the tiny African nation of Lesotho was even spelt incorrectly.

In response to a question put forward by Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini, the interior ministry placed before the Senate a list of countries from which Pakistanis have been deported and their annual breakdown from January 2012 till June 30, 2017.

Of the 544,105 Pakistanis deported, 71,723 were expelled in 2012; 79,539 in 2013; 78,409 in 2014; 116,185 in 2015; 111,084 in 2016; and 87,165 in just the first six months of 2017.

Saudi Arabia topped the overall list, followed by the UAE, Oman, Malaysia, the UK, Turkey, and Greece.

The Ministry of Interior started tabulating reasons for deportations from 2014. Overstaying visas, lost passports, passport retained by Kafeel (visa sponsors or employers), illegal immigration, entry refused, and other illegal entries are the most common of the 115-plus reasons for which these people were sent back home by the authorities of these countries.

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