Being one of the few Wakhis (less than 10) living in Germany, I am very much aware of the discussion on immigration focused on people entering Germany, therefore I am also interested to know where Wakhi people choose to live the most. Ethnic Wakhi-speakers have a total population of about 50,000–58,000 (“Iranian languages”. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 14 July 2018). Wakhis are originally the inhabitants of the mountainous regions of Pakistan, Tajikistan, China and Afghanistan. Where do they all go?
Based on the statistics of Shupun Khick (2018), an online community group of Wakhi people, less than 500 Wakhis leave the country to live or work elsewhere in the world. The online community group of Wakhi people has a total of about 3600 members.
The country that received the highest number of Wakhi immigrants was United Arab Emirates (excluding Pakistan, Tajikistan, China and Afhanistan), followed by the United States, both having less than 70 Wakhi people. Saudi Arabia came in third with less than 40 Wakhi immigrants. Germany doesn’t even come in the list of top 10.
The graph below shows the age and gender of the Wakhi people in the online community group, Shupun Khick (2018).
Moreover, we have no data of people coming to the Wakhi regions. However, there are more people leaving the Wakhi regions than people coming to the region (Unofficial).
None of the Wakhi people are asylum seekers. They immigrate mostly for quality education or work.
Wakhi People – The Top 10 Countries
- Pakistan: 3,037
- Tajikistan: 71
- United Arab Emirates: 69
- United States: 67
- Saudi Arabia: 37
- Qatar: 34
- Canada: 32
- Russia: 30
- China: 21
- Afghanistan: 21
Source: Shupun Khick (2018)