As many as 2,321,751 skilled and unskilled workers have proceeded to other countries for employment through the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BEOE) during the last three years (2013-2015). Talking to APP, Director General (BEOE) Rana Matloob, who retired on Sunday, said a total of 622,714 persons went abroad for employment in the year 2013 through the Bureau, 752,466 in the year 2014 and 946,571 in the year 2015. Rana Matloob said since the year 1971 to 2016 (upto April), more than nine million Pakistanis have proceeded abroad through BEOE.

During the year 2015, he said the highest number of Pakistanis (946,571) have proceeded abroad for employment.

More than 96 per cent Pakistanis have proceeded to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and about one percent to European countries and other developed countries. Whereas three percent have proceeded to Malaysia, Libya, South Korea and other countries of the world, he said.

He said BEOE, established in 1971, is functioning as an attached department of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, and is responsible to control and regulate emigration process. The bureau also facilitate supervise and monitor the activities of Overseas Employment Promoters (OEPs) and advise the federal government on emigration and procedures.