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News, 2/20/2018

Creating jobs, ensuring social justice for returnees and labour migrants

Finland supports the UN and Ministry of Labour joint effort to integrate returnees and strengthen legal routes of labour-based migration.

© UNDP Afghanistan Omer Sadaat 2016
Toryalay, a deportee from Germany, and his daughter
Toryalay shares his story, “I saw so many problems on my way to Europe. I remember that the traffickers drove 18 people in a Pajero [an SUV]. You can hardly believe. One of us was almost dying and we shouted out to the driver to stop the car, but he didn’t listen to us at all. He increased the volume of music and drove even more crazily. Traffickers don't care about anyone’s life.”

Sluggish economic growth and a growing number of unemployed people bring about challenges for Afghanistan’s poverty reduction agenda. Each year 400,000 new graduates enter the work force in Afghanistan, while the current absorption rate of the national labour market is only 20–30%, according to the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled.

© UNDP Afghanistan Omer Sadaat 2016
Director of Kabul Passports Department delivering his opening speech to the applicants
Director of Kabul Passports Department delivers his opening speech to the applicants. He stresses on transparency and efficiency in the process of passport issuance.

In order to support the government of Afghanistan in its struggle against growing unemployment, Finland  partners with UNDP, ILO and UNHCR in the Support Afghanistan Livelihoods and Mobility (SALAM) project to create livelihood opportunities for Afghans both domestically and abroad. The project is focused on training of the unemployed women and men in Nangarhar province, creating jobs domestically together with the local entrepreneurs and businesses, and paving the administrative way for managed labour migration to countries in need of employees.

In line with "the UN declaration on social justice for a fair globalization", the project will ensure employment, social protection, fundamental principles, and rights at work for future Afghan labour migrants in the countries of destination. On the Global Day on Social Justice, celebrated on 20 February, Finland is committed to ensure social justice for Afghan labour migrants through legalizing the migration flow to potential markets.

© UNDP Afghanistan Omer Sadaat 2016
SALAM is a joint UN and Ministry of Labour effort to integrate returnees and strengthen legal routes of labour-based migration
SALAM is a joint UN and Ministry of Labour effort to integrate returnees and strengthen legal routes of labour-based migration.

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Updated 3/8/2018


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