A large numbers of Pakistanis have migrated to European and Middle Eastern countries due to unemployment, poverty and lack of opportunity in the homeland. In the 60s, labour classes migrated, but now the need for them barely exists. Most countries like the US and the UK have restricted the intake of foreigners for various reasons.

Over the last 30 years, immigration has emerged as a major force throughout the world. In societies traditionally receiving immigrants such as Australia, Canada, and the US, their volume has grown. Pakistan is fast losing its educated people and skilled workers due to the dreams of a prosperous life offered by them. But, perhaps, our authorities do not really mind. Former PM Gilani’s statement, “I don’t care” is perhaps the voice of the higher echelons of power.

It’s not just the money that is important for our educated youth who try to run away from the chaos at home. It’s the hopelessness; the persistent failure they faces while working with utmost honesty; the loss of self-esteem; the society’s negative attitude, the rampant corruption; and poor governance.

There is surely no place like home, a fact that one realizes after one is dislocated. Displacement and exile is one of the most traumatic experiences in a person’s life, though it may have less impact in case the roots in the home country remain intact. In this age, connectivity has been maintained through mobile phones and internet lessening the impact. This may help in removing the irritants of the past as time passes. This ought to be an eye opener for us.

The Pakistani authorities ought to devise a policy to curb this brain drain so that the country may benefit from the educated classes and highly skilled people.

DR NIDA SHAMI,

USA, April 15.