Pakistani diaspora are estimated to be around eight million in number, and over 4% of the total population of the country.
On average, every third household in Pakistan has someone in the immediate family living, working or studying abroad.
There are two types of Pakistani diaspora: the Pakistanis working abroad as guest workers (the expatriate); and those families that left Pakistan a long time ago and have now been naturalised in their host countries. The overseas Pakistanis working in the countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) represent the former category while the so-called British Pakistanis are the most prominent in the latter category. While American and Canadian Pakistanis also maintain their close contact with Pakistan; it is arguably the British Pakistanis who hold a central position in the Pakistani diaspora of the type 2. Read more → (98)