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Pakistanis seek asylum oversees at a precariously increased rate


Thus far, this year has seen a hike in the number of Pakistanis filing applications for asylum in Germany, England and the U.S. Figures released by the three countries discernibly reveals that more than 10,000 Pakistan had sought asylum in three mentioned countries.

Pakistanis seeking asylum in Europe

In line with the data released; largest number of Pakistanis seeking asylum poured into Germany. German interior ministry stated that 9,185 Pakistanis had filed applications seeking asylum from January 2016 to July 2016. Pakistanis made eight largest group of asylum seekers in Germany. This figure is compared to statistics from January 2015 to July 2015 portrays a threefold increase in the Pakistanis seeking asylum in Germany.

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In compliance with the statistics released by the British Home Office revealed that 2,313 Pakistanis had applied for asylum from June 2014-2015. From June 2015-2016 2,992 Pakistanis filed applications for asylum in the U.K. Only 16 of them were granted an asylum.

In the United Sates, this year saw a notable increase in Pakistani refugees pouring in. U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration released data portraying that 376 Pakistanis had filed applications for refuge in the U.S. thus far. Previously in 2015, the number of Pakistanis eyeing for an asylum in the U.S. was 205 in 2015- this year’s figure has been the highest in any given year since 2011.

Condensing the data of Pakistanis seeking asylum abroad shows that majority of them belonged to the Ahmadi sect. About 247 Ahmadis have sought refuge from January 2016 to July 2016 which is four times greater than previous year’s 61.

The data further revealed that, in thus far in 2016; 78 Christians had sought asylum in the United States which is increased from 76 from the previous year. Additionally, 33 Shiites filed for asylum- an increased number from 15 in 2015.