Poverty drives mi­gra­tion

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­ga­ni­za­tion has revealed that the mi­gra­tion of Afghans from the coun­try has dra­mat­i­cally in­creased amid un­cer­tainty, poverty and lack of se­cu­rity in Afghanistan. About five per­cent of the 5.7 mil­lion Afghans, who had repa­tri­ated to Afghanistan since 2002, have mi­grated out of the coun­try. The UN-ILO in its re­port termed the lack of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties as the main mo­tive behind the mi­gra­tion of Afghans.

Com­ment­ing on the re­port, the head of the la­bor as­so­ci­a­tion, Maruf Qaderi said that the re­port of the UNILO is based on in­ter­views con­ducted in peace­ful prov­inces only and there­fore it does not rep­re­sent the sit­u­a­tion across the coun­try. He sug­gested that an over­all sur­vey should be con­ducted in var­i­ous prov­inces of Afghanistan to pre­pare a proper re­port re­gard­ing la­bor­ers across the coun­try.

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