Many young Afghans are illegally migrating to European countries due to problems of insecurity and unemployment. (File photo)
The government of Afghanistan has urged Afghan families not to allow their children to migrate to European countries because of numerous hardships they have to endure.
Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, the minister of refugees and repatriation, made a passionate appeal on Sunday, expressing grave concern over the flight of young Afghans to European countries.
He warned that those who migrate to Europe through illegal means could face numerous hardships and imperil their life and safety.
“Those families who are sending their children (to Europe) should know the problems they could possibly encounter,” he said, asking Afghan youth to exercise restraint.
Mr. Balkhi’s remarks come after the Hungarian government warned that the illegal migrants who cross the Hungarian border could face arrest and prosecution.
While the Afghan government is making efforts to facilitate the repatriation of Afghan refugees scattered across the world, many young and unemployed Afghans are fleeing the country.
Insecurity, poverty and unemployment continue to be major problems in Afghanistan, especially among the burgeoning young population, who constitute almost 63 percent of country’s total population.
Mr. Balkhi’s remarks come after the Hungarian government warned that the illegal migrants who cross the Hungarian border could face arrest and prosecution
According to a survey conducted jointly by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNRA) earlier this year, poverty, insecurity and unemployment are forcing youth in Afghanistan to immigrate illegally in search of work.
More and more young people are migrating to neighboring countries in search of work. Many of them return with horror stories of abuse and violence they suffer.
Already, millions of Afghan refugees are scattered around the world, most of them having fled during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and subsequent Taliban regime.
On the World Refugee Day in June, President Ashraf Ghani said more than six million refugees have returned home over the past 15 years, but millions of others still live as refugees across the world.
Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan make up about 95 percent of all Afghan refugees across the world. Apart from them, there are more than half a million Afghans living in the Gulf and Arab states.
Already, millions of Afghan refugees are scattered around the world, most of them having fled during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and subsequent Taliban regime
Many Afghan refugees living in Europe, Australia, Canada, United States and other countries have recently faced the risk of getting expelled because of lack of documentation.
Afghan refugees in Pakistan have also faced ill-treatment, especially following the Peshawar school attack in November last year. Hundreds of them have been arrested on flimsy charges and many more have been forcibly evicted.
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