By: Shukria Kohistani
Afghanistan Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has informed of finalizing the dispatching process of Afghan laborers to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. This comes amid of increasing unemployment and poverty in the country.
Most of Afghan workers and unemployed individuals by criticizing the ministry of labor and social affairs say the ministry has not been able to do something productive for unemployed individuals in the Afghan society. They’re still doubtful in connection with finalizing the process through which Afghan laborers are dispatched to the Gulf countries.
“Afghan laborers are very interested in going to Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to work because no employment opportunities are provided in Afghanistan,” said Haqmal Masoudzai, a resident of Paktia.
Ahmadullah Ahmadi, another resident of Paktia, says the promise for dispatching Afghan laborers to Arab countries has not been implemented. He said the problem of unemployment was increasing by passing each single day as the economic situation would get worse if unemployment was not addressed in the country.
Increasing unemployment in Afghanistan has put negative impacts on the life of Afghan laborers. Problems caused by increasing unemployment are deeper as finding employment has changed to a difficult and challenging issue in recent years.
Nasir, a university graduated who’re looking for a job, in an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent says a large number of Afghan youth have been unemployed for several years. He said he was among of unemployed individuals and has not found any suitable job in government institutions. According to unemployed Afghan citizens, unemployment has increased unprecedentedly in recent years in Afghanistan. Increasing unemployment has resulted in increasing poverty in the country. If the government does not pay attention to addressing the issue, the crisis of hunger will increase and threat millions of people in the country.
In its most recent move, the ministry of labor and social affairs has finalized the process of dispatching Afghan workers to a number of Arab countries particularly Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates and it is determined that the first convoy of Afghan laborers will be dispatched to the respective countries during the current year.
Officials for the ministry of labor and social affairs say Saud Arabia and United Arab Emirates are interested in accepting the Afghan laborers. The ministry has been working on the dispatching program of Afghan laborers to the Arab countries for years.
“The process of dispatching Afghan workers has been finalized and it is determined that 10,000 Afghan workers will be dispatched to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates during the current year,” said Bashir Ahmad Tahenj, minister of labor and social affairs.
He said his ministry would make effort to send the first convoy of Afghan workers to the respective countries in near future.
Currently, hundreds thousands of Afghan workers are working in Arabic countries particularly Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, but most of the Afghan workers are working in there with passports of neighboring countries.
This comes amid of increasing unemployment in Afghanistan. Based on information from laborers support agencies, nearly nine million people have lost their jobs following the first and second waves of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.