MULTAN: The number of Pakistanis settling in other countries has significantly increased over the past four years, which is 300 times more than in the years 2012 and 2013. More than 42,383 Pakistanis informed the Ministry of Interior that they have adopted another nationality from 2014 to 2017. Official data reveals that 18,574 Pakistani nationals informed immigration authorities that they have adopted British citizenship in the past four years. Likewise, some 11,667 Pakistanis adopted the nationality of Canada and 7,823 adopted citizenship of the United States. The reasons behind this gradual yet expected surge in outward migration are quite well known. Healthcare, education and unemployment are a few from a long list of reasons that would lead one to become a national of another state. Although, the more we let go of our professors, engineers and doctors, the more will be our loss in the long run due to the brain drain of the educated and skilled youth. So in order to reverse the trend the government should take steps to provide our youth the prospects of a better future within the country itself. Stopping brain drain will immensely benefit the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2018.