The unprecedented influx of refugees brought its own set of challenges as the country continued to grapple with issues in the security and economic sectors
Over A Million Afghan Refugees Returned Home in 1395
A record 1.1 million Afghan refugees returned to their country from Iran and Pakistan in 1395 (solar year), according to the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR).
But, the unprecedented influx of refugees brought its own set of challenges as the country continued to grapple with issues in the security and economic sectors.
On Monday, a number of return refugees criticized the National Unity Government (NUG) over its failure to address the plight of refugees repatriated from abroad.
Some of these returnees said that the NUG has failed to address their problems or provide them with job opportunities.
According to MoRR, up to 10,000 Afghan refugees also returned to Afghanistan in 1395 from European countries.
“The policy of government of Afghanistan is that refugees should be expelled from foreign countries, but this should be carried out on the basis of laws of the host nation,” said the minister of refugees and repatriation, Sayed Hussain Alimi Balkhi.
Rozi Khan, one of the thousands of Afghan refugees who returned to Afghanistan five months ago, said he had major problems along with his thirteen member family due to lack of access to basic services and work.
Khan now lives in a mud house in Bagrami district of Kabul. His five eldest sons are also jobless while his younger children have been deprived of an education, he said.
“There are a lot of problems, but we have no option except to deal with such a situation, government so far has not provided us with shelter, we live in a rented house without basic facilities," said Khan.
Khan’s son Najibullah says that they had a better life in Pakistan and now they regret having come back to Afghanistan.
“I regret my return, I had access to proper education there, but now I am jobless and there is no work, I don’t know what to do,” said Najibullah.
“It is the responsibility of the ministry of labor and social affairs to help people returning so that they can become a professional worker,” said Abdul Fatah Ahmadzai, spokesman for the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD).
The ministry has reiterated that government is working to address the concerns of the refugees and create jobs and training opportunities for them.
The ministry of refugees and repatriations has said that more refugees are expected to return to their home country in 1396.