“Afghanistan remains a milking cow for Afghan politicians and neighboring countries. Returnees have become good business for them. The only way to end the refugee and migration problem is to end the war in Afghanistan.” Fatana Gilani, Director of Afghanistan Women’s Association
This quote is from the recent VIDC analysis "Refugees return to poverty, unemployment and despair. Afghanistan’s labor market and the status of women" and sums up the current issue: Afghanistan is not safe and, despite this, hundreds and thousands of people return there. The study has been carried out by the VIDC in cooperation with its Afghan research partner, the Afghanistan Development and Peace Research Organization (ADPRO). It provides an overview and analysis of Afghanistan’s labor market, focusing in particular on the informal sector and the participation of women in the labor force. The study is part of a larger project called “Dard Kush – strengthening livelihoods of Afghan refugees and Pakistani host communities” currently being implemented by FACES Pakistan in Lahore, together with Caritas Austria and Caritas St. Pölten. The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) commissioned the research.
For more information on the Dard Kush project please visit the webiste of FACES Pakistan.