Did you know that last year more than 800,000 young professionals moved out of Pakistan in search of a better job or education?
Inflation, economic condition, safety concerns, unemployment, devaluation of the currency, and widening trade deficit are a threat to the youth working day and night to make a better future. The recent floods have resulted in a profound effect on agriculture and augmented the food crises.
The inflation crossed 24% in January this year only as the country is on the brink of default. As the government is trying to minimize the crisis, there is a looming concern of snowballing brain drain that can be challenging for recovery.
The impact of the crisis on young professionals has been severe. Many young graduates are unable to find work in their field of study, and those who do find work often receive low salaries that are not enough to support themselves or their families. As a result, many young professionals are forced to leave the country in search of better opportunities abroad.
The countries that are attracting these young professionals include the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. These countries offer better job prospects, higher salaries, and a more stable economic and political environment. In addition, these countries also provide better education and training opportunities, which can help young professionals develop their skills and achieve their career goals.
The main reasons for the lack of job opportunities in Pakistan are economic and political instability, lack of investment, and poor governance. In addition, the political instability and poor governance have kept foreign investors from investing in the country, leading to a lack of job creation.
Even before the current situation, a significant number of youthful workers were eager to escape due to their dissatisfaction with the decrease in purchasing power and the limited opportunities to upgrade their standard of living. Even after working for hours, the young professional suffered the loss of jobs because the companies need to cut down their expenses.
Even freelance workers are dissatisfied with the system and are trying to leave Pakistan due to the corruption, scams, and delays in payments that have made it difficult for them to have a consistent, safe, and stable income. They are fleeing the country so that they may get paid better and on time and can support their families back home. Many young professionals who have already left Pakistan are contented with their decision of pursuing a career abroad.
Another major factor that is contributing to the brain drain from Pakistan is the lack of security. The country has been facing numerous security threats in recent years, including terrorism, violence, and religious extremism. These threats have made it difficult for young professionals to live and work in a safe and secure environment. They are leaving the country in search of places where they can live and work without fear for their safety.
The loss of young professionals is a major concern for Pakistan, as it is essential for the country’s future growth and development. The country needs young, educated, and skilled professionals to drive economic growth and address the many challenges it faces. Moreover, the loss of these professionals also has a negative impact on the country’s social and cultural standing, as the country loses its best and brightest to other nations.
It’s not all rainbows and sun shines for those moving abroad as well. They come across many struggles such as language barriers, discrimination, adjustment to a new culture, finding jobs in their respective field, and much more. Despite all the challenges, they choose to escape for the sake of stable and well-paying jobs.
To address this crisis, the government of Pakistan needs to take solid steps to create job opportunities and improve the economic and political environment. With the right policies and investments, Pakistan can recover from this crisis and retain its young professionals, creating a brighter future for the country and its people.
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