Voting with feet offers no solution, youth told
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Information and Culture says it has been trying to provide work opportunities for hundreds of thousands of youth, many whom have been leaving the country due to unemployment.
Youth is a major workforce in any a society and can play a vital and effective role in its prosperity. But poverty, insecurity, joblessness and lack of attention from the government are some of the reasons why youth are voting with their feet.
Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs Kamal Sadat told Pajhwok Afghan News his message to the youth was that leaving the country was no solution; they should be resolute and firm, like their counterparts in other countries, in ensuring security and economic development.
“Our youths should not take the escape route; they should actively take part in the reconstruction of their country. They should struggle to respond to the current unfavourable situation,” he remarked.
Living abroad is not as good as in one’s own country, according to the official, who reiterated it was more difficult toiling one’s way to survival in foreign climes.
Since most of the youth are going to European countries illegally to get asylum there, it is difficult to ascertain the exact numbers. But the ministry is trying to know how many youths had left the country, he said.
In cooperation with the Ministries of Refugees and Repatriation, Works and Social Affairs, Foreign Affairs and other government and private institutions,he said they were trying to collect data before implementing programmes to control the push factor.
Recent research by the White Movement, revealed nearly 78,000 people had left the country for Europe and Turkey to seek asylum. The number was 53,000 in 2014.
According to Sadat, they have been struggling to find work opportunities for the youths within country. They have also held talks with some other countries, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to offer jobs to Afghan workers. “We will create work opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people inside and outside the country,” he promised.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Works and Social Affairsspokesman Ali Iftikhari called joblessness a serious issue for the country. Since the establishment of the unity government, not only no jobs have not been created, but existing opportunities have shrunk.
Reduction in foreign aid and increasing insecurity in the country were some of the reasons for shrinking work opportunities for the people, he said, insisting on long, medium and short-term programmes to provide the youths with jobs inside the country and abroad.
Statistics from the Afghanistan Youth Union show nearly 120,000 youths are struggling with unemployment in the county. Many of them travel to neighbouring countriesin search of work.
According to a World Bank report, 180,000 youths are added to the Afghan society annually but only 60,000 of them have the opportunity to work. The rest remain jobless.
The National Workers’ Association said there were nearly 16million people eligible to work in the country. But only 3million of them have work opportunity while the rest are jobless,
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