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Flow of illegals Nepalese into Afghanistan continues

Flow of illegals Nepalese into Afghanistan continues

Sep 23, 2016 - 14:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): There is an increase in the number of Nepalese citizens visiting Afghanistaninfo-icon in violation of a ban on illegal travel to the war-torn country, the government in Kathmandu says.

Based on a fresh report from the government, hundreds of Nepalese nationals are currently working as security guards for US forces and UN offices in Afghanistan.

They are also employed by foreign missions, private security firms and international NGOs, a leading Nepalese newspaper quoted the government report as saying.

Prior to the Kabul bomb attack, which killed 12 Nepali security guards, Kathmandu allowed Nepali migrants to work in green zones in the Afghan capital. After the bombing, the government banned Afghanistan as a labour destination.

However, many Nepali workers sneaked into Afghanistan via India and Pakistaninfo-icon through illegal channels in recent times without obtaining permission from the government, said the report ‘Labouring Under Fire’.

According to the Himalayan, around 3,323 Nepali nationals have migrated to Afghanistan to work there in green zones, as defined by the government, UN agencies, foreign missions in Afghanistan and multinational companies there.

But based on a poll of the individuals working in more than 20 companies in Afghanistan, no less than 50,000 Nepalese have worked in the country since 2001. About 1,000 Nepalese are said to be working with US troops alone.


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