Migration is not always the solution

TMP – 15/03/2017

Afghans have been migrating to neighboring countries such as Iran and Pakistan for decades. But in recent years, many Afghans have also tried reaching Europe by illegal means.  

Such mass migration is a huge loss for Afghanistan hindering its economic development.

In March last year, Eimal Hashor, the spokesperson for the Afghanistan Central Bank said mass migrationhad cost the country around 2 billion dollars . In an interview with the Azadi radio station he added: “Afghans leaving for European countries have caused a monetary outflow, an increment in the dollar rate and a reduced the workforce in the country.”

At the same time, a number of European countries have started to deport failed Afghan asylum seekers.

For example, Germany aims to deport 12,500 failed asylum seekers in the coming months, after almost 247,000 Afghans reached Germany by the end of September 2016. The German government has ruled thatAfghanistan’s larger cities are now safe and as a resullt failed asylum seekersare being returned. of the number of Afghan asylum applications being granted in Germany fell in 2016 to 52%, down from 77% the year before.

Compared to two decades agothe situation in Afghanistan is more stable, with Afghanistan now enjoying a central government working together with legislative institutions and armed forces that are committed to fighting insurgency, with help fromthe international community.