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Illegal migration via Nimroz down by 70pc

Illegal migration via Nimroz down by 70pc

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Nov 24, 2016 - 16:26

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Officials claim a 70 percent decline in illegal migrationinfo-icon to neighboring Iran and European countries through southwestern Nimroz province.

Multiple issues such as continued fighting, poverty and other issues are blamed for forcing Afghans in thousands to illegally travel to other countries in search of a better future, but many of them have reportedly lost their lives in the dangerous journey.

Ghulam Nabi, a resident of Faryab who currently lives in Nimroz, said he decided to travel overseas after failing to find work here.

“We know the difficulties on the way, but we have no other option. We have to give sacrifice to rescue our families.”

Sher Ahmad, 50, who helps Afghans enter Iran, acknowledged the number of illegal migrants to Iran and other countries declined this year compared to the previous year.

“Last year up to 3,000 people daily left Afghanistaninfo-icon for Europe and other countries. Even three months back 800 to 700 persons left but currently some 200 people migrate to foreign countries through Nimroz.”

Lack of work opportunities in winter, strict security measures by European countries at their borders, forceful repatriation of refugees by some European countries were reasons that discouraged Afghans to attempt illegal migration.

Hafeez, another resident of Nimroz, who also transfers people from Nimroz to Iran, said a majority of the individuals leaving the country came from Badakhshan, Badghis, Takhar, Faryab and Herat provinces.

He charged one individual 24,000 afs to Iran and $1,200 to Turkey. He said each individual had to walk for at least two days during the journey to avoid detention at borders besides facing other issues.

Hafeez added they first shifted people to Charburjak district from Zaranj and then to Mashingan area of Pakistaninfo-icon in three hours in vehicle and from Mashingan the passengers enter Iran, he said.

Baz Mohammad Nasir, head of the Provincial Council (PC), also confirmed the decline in number of migrants to foreign countries through Nimroz province.

He said preventing illegal migration via Nimroz was a difficult task because the migrants used difficult routes including the deserts whenever strict security measures were in place. Many had died as a result, he said.

Ahmad Hussaini, head of the refugees’ affairs department, said Nimroz shared a long board with Iran and Pakistan and there were no exact figures for individuals crossing the border from Nimroz into neighboring countries. He, however, said the available figures showed 250 to 300 people on daily crossed to Iran from Nimroz.

According to the Refugees Ministry, 250,000 people left Afghanistan and migrated to European and other countries in 2015.

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