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