A number of civil society activists in eastern Nangarhar province said on Thursday that the only way to prevent Afghans from leaving the country for Europe is to provide job opportunities.
At a gathering in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, civil society activists also expressed their concerns over the increase in human traffickers in the province and urged government to provide job opportunities.
One civil society activist, Latif Mal said: “One of the main problems for the people is that they don’t see a future for Afghanistan. Unemployment has increased and because of this the youth are leaving the country.”
Another civil society activist, Anwar Sultani said: “The Afghan security forces are finding [and seizing] hashish but why are they not [arresting] human traffickers. We call on them to stop the youth from fleeing and that human traffickers be arrested and brought to justice.”
Meanwhile, local officials said with the support of security officials they are trying to clamp down on human traffickers in the province.
Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said so far a number of human traffickers have been arrested by security forces in Nangarhar.
“In Nangarhar a number of private organizations were moving the youth to Europe after receiving money but the security forces have stopped their operations and arrested a number of human traffickers,” he said.
These concerns come after a year of mass migration by Afghans, who have largely sold up everything to get to Europe.
According to government statics so far this year more than 150,000 Afghans have fled to Europe.