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Pakistanis are most deported people: Over half a million booted out from 134 countries since 2012
Virtually every country in the world has deported Pakistanis. Since January 2012, over half a million Pakistanis have been deported from 134 countries, according to a report submitted in Pakistan's parliament.

However, what is even more striking is that apart from countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, and countries of the European Union, from where deportation of Pakistanis is common occurrence, a number of smaller and lesser-known countries have shown the door to Pakistani citizens over a number of reasons.

Ironically, most Pakistanis would struggle to identify or even locate these small countries on the map, which have virtually kicked their brethren out. These smaller nations include names like Liberia, Togo, Laos, Port Louis, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Angola and Ethiopia. In fact, in the report presented in the parliament, the name of another tiny African nation Lesotho was misspelt.

Pakistan's interior ministry presented before the Senate the list of countries from where Pakistanis were deported from January 2012 to June 30, 2017 in response to a question raised by Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini.

A per the report, out of the total 544,105 Pakistanis deported in the said period; 71,723 were expelled in 2012; 79,539 in 2013; 78,409 in 2014; 116,185 in 2015 and 111,084 in 2016. However, the first six months of 2017 have seen a steep rise in the numbers of Pakistanis who have been deported. 87,165 Pakistani citizens have already been ousted between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.

Topping the overall list is Saudi Arabia, followed by the UAE, Oman, Malaysia, the UK, Turkey and Greece. The report informed that out of the total deported Pakistanis, more than half (280,052 people) were deported from Saudi Arabia within the aforesaid period.

According to Pakistan's interior ministry, which began tabulating the reasons of deportation from 2014 onwards, Pakistani citizens have been booted out due to 115-plus reasons. The most common being overstaying visas, lost passports, passports retained by employers, illegal immigration and entry refused.

Interestingly, China, which is a close ally of Pakistan, too features in the list, having deported 240 Pakistanis in the last almost five years. The United States of America and Canada also banished 832 and 337 Pakistani citizens respectively in the said period. 

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