Overseas Employment Promoters on Thursday appealed to the Prime Minister Imran Khan to take a personal interest in lifting restrictions on the employment of Pakistani workers in the UAE, saying as a result of these restrictions, about 1000 Pakistanis are losing their jobs every day coupled with a huge loss of billions of dollars to national economy.
OEPs Association put this demand to P.M. Imran Khan and his government during a meeting held here in the office of Knight Human Management (KHM) Shalaan Pakistan office with Chief Executive Officer of KHM Mr. Khalid Nawaz in chair on Thursday. Representatives of OEPs showed grave concern over the prolonging ban on visas by UEA government for Pakistanis. They were of the view that the skilled and unskilled labour force working in UAE contributed a major share of foreign exchange in national economy which is badly effecting due to this ban.
The UAE is the second largest source of jobs and valuable foreign exchange for Pakistanis, the promoters said. “Unemployment is also rising in all cities within Pakistan due to the restrictions, as the decline in demand for overseas jobs has also severely affected promoters working at the national level”, they added saying that we have no option but to refuse our employees to stay more. Khalid Nawaz said that 1.3 million Pakistanis during the last five years have found jobs in the UAE and in 2019 alone, Pakistani expatriates in UAE sent more than 5 billion dollars to their country.
Khalid Nawaz said that during the financial year 2020-21, Pakistani migrants working in the UAE were expected to generate 6 billion dollars in foreign exchange in the country’s economy, but due to the sanctions, it would meet a sharp decline.