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Afghan government supposedly trying to keep its people home

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 26, 2013

Concerns about the welfare of asylum seekers as they flow out of one of the most violent countries in the world has the Afghan government taking action (we are told!).

Afghan asylum-seekers line up for food in Calais, France

Most impoverished countries want their people to illegally enter first world countries so that they can send remittances back home.  Heck, some countries’ economies (consider El Salvador) would crash if the migrants didn’t send home the moolah! So, we are expected to believe that the Kabul government wants the mostly young men to stay in Afghanistan and be unemployed.

And, then some Muslim countries want to send their Islamic foot soldiers into the West.  In this case, the IOM (using US $$$) probably gave the Afghan government loads of cash to do this “campaign,” but with no real expectation that it will succeed.   (I am so cynical!)

Here is the story from Radio Free Europe:

Afghan authorities have launched a campaign aimed at raising people’s awareness about the risks of taking illegal avenues to a new life abroad.

Afghanistan has earned a reputation as a source of illegal immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, prompting a backlash from some destination countries.

With nearly 2.6 million refugees in more than 80 countries, Afghanistan was the leading country of origin for refugees in 2012. And as the end-of-2014 withdrawal date for NATO troops nears, concerns have risen that the exodus of Afghans will only increase.

“Many Afghans who consider seeking asylum abroad have little knowledge of the dangers involved,” says Siddiq Hazratzai, a spokesperson for the Kabul office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The IOM is teaming up with Afghanistan’s Refugee and Repatriation Ministry, Labor and Social Affairs Ministry, and the United Nations Children’s Fund to carry out the three-month awareness campaign in all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

“The campaign aims at providing people with a wide range of relevant information, such as tightened immigration policies of host countries, the risks of falling victim to human traffickers, or treacherous routes to reach destination countries,” Hazratzai says.

State media is expected to play a major role in the campaign. Posters warning people of potential risks will be displayed in Kabul and other large cities.

In villages, authorities have asked influential imams and tribal elders to raise the issue with local residents during mosque sermons and private gatherings. 

Sure they will!  I bet those Imams are telling their flocks to get into the West and spread the word about Allah (al-Hijra).  What are these young men going to do in Afghanistan with no work anyway, just make trouble?

Afghanistan is the source of a quarter of the world’s “refugees.”

According to a recent report by the United Nations, one in four refugees in the world is from Afghanistan.

And get this!  Once again we are lead to believe that abjectly poor people can get this kind of money together to pay a human smuggler!   I don’t know too many working American young men who could “scrape together” this kind of money.  Someone, or some organization is supplying them with this cash!  Honestly, I wouldn’t put it past someone like George Soros or the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to supply the foot soldiers with the resources necessary to invade the West!

Potential asylum seekers have been known to pay up to $20,000 to smugglers who organize dangerous journeys to major refugee destinations — Europe, North America, and Australia.

Read it all.

One Response to “Afghan government supposedly trying to keep its people home”

  1. pungentpeppers said

    People in Afghanistan have had unrealistic pie-in-the-sky expectations about emigration. Families have gone heavily in debt financing failed attempts at migration. Some of their children have disappeared en route, never to be heard from again, and are presumed dead. Those who do make it to other countries are deported back to Afghanistan – leaving debts unpaid, years of youth wasted. They consider themselves failures and “ruined” by the time spent abroad. Some return to Afghanistan addicted to drugs or suffering from PTSD as a result of witnessing deaths or abuse. Through this campaign against emigration, the Afghan Government is sending its people a dose of reality. But I am afraid that the people will continue to send their children abroad. People believe what they want to believe. And it takes just one migrant success story, even if it is fake, to convince thousands of others to try.


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