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Major surge in Pakistanis heading for jobs in Gulf region

ISLAMABAD, October 20 (Internews): Pakistan has recorded a dramatic
increase this year in the number of people going abroad for work, latest
official figures made available here Saturday showed.
"The manpower export from Pakistan increased 34.4 per cent during the
first nine months of 2001," an official of the Ministry of Overseas
Pakistanis said. "Most of them headed to countries in the Gulf region."
He said that due to concerted efforts of the government, a total of
102,399 persons managed to get employment overseas.
Of these, 78,859 persons got jobs through licensed overseas employment
promoters and 23,540 through direct employment, he added.
All these persons have been registered with the Protector of Emigrants
(Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment) under the Ministry of
Labour Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis during the period from January
to September 2001.
Comparatively, a total of 76,187 persons were registered during the
corresponding period last year, an increase of 26,212 persons and 34.4
per cent.
A total of 11,474 persons were registered for overseas employment during
September 2001 alone - an increase of 1.46 per cent.
The official said that people desirous of foreign employment have been
directed to get in touch with licensed overseas employment promoters and
confirm job availability from the relevant protectorate of emigrants.
If selected for overseas employment, they should obtain receipts of the
prescribed fee paid from the overseas employment promoter for proof of
official help.
The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis has also warned foreign employment
seekers to beware of unauthorised, fake and unscrupulous recruiting
agents who are depriving innocent and poor people of their savings by
extracting money illegally.
In case of any problem, the employment seekers should contact the
concerned protectorate of emigrants for guidance and help.
All intending migrant workers are required to get themselves registered
with the relevant protectorate of emigrants after insurance with State
Life Insurance Corporation, which is mandatory under the Emigration
Ordinance 1979.
This, the official said, will enable them get benefits from the
lucrative emigrants insurance policy that has been made renewable as
well as membership of the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation. -Internews

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