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Afghanistan’s unemployment rises from 25% to 27%

Unemployment in Afghanistan has gone up from 25% to 27%, according to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled. Minister Faizullah Zaki said the National Unity Government (NUG) has failed to fulfill its promise of creating sufficient jobs.

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President Ghani launches national employment program

President Ashraf Ghani has launched the national employment program amidst thousands of Afghans fleeing to Europe in search of a better life. “The government has obtained some funds for this program and efforts are underway to expand the program. With

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Saudi Arabia to give 25,000 working visa to Afghans

The Saudi Arabian government has pledged to provide working visas to 25,000 Afghans. Afghan Minister of Work, Social Affairs, Martyrs & Disabled, Nasrin Oryakhil, said Saudi Arabia’s king spoke with President Ashraf Ghani on the phone and promised to provide

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Afghans part of the massive exodus to Europe

More and more Afghan youths are becoming part of the massive exodus to Europe, making them the third largest asylum seekers after conflict-ridden Syria and Iraq. Majority of the Afghans have chosen Germany as their final destination after German Chancellor

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Unemployment cited as the next biggest challenge in Afghanistan after insecurity

The Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) survey report reflects on some of the major issues in Afghanistan at present time. According to the survey, insecurity is labeled as the biggest challenge in Afghanistan (34.42%) followed by unemployment (25.86%). Corruption

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Prolonged election process hurting mining industry in Kunduz

Mines and Petroleum department in Kunduz have reported a significant decline in the province’s mining revenue, with the figure dropping from 2.8mn AFN in 2013 to 900,000 AFN this year. Eng. Mirza Mohammad Sultani, director of the provincial Mines and

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New efforts to create jobs for young Afghans

Afghan Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled said efforts aimed at creating jobs for unemployed young Afghans were underway. Officials said 169 employment standards have been planned for those who have failed the board exam (Kankor) for getting

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Unemployment on the rise in Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs officials have expressed concerns at the increasing number of jobless individuals in the country. Return of Afghan refugees from neighboring countries and rising population density are cited as the main factors behind the

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Afghan Government Needs to Lead and Coordinate Poverty Eradication, Youth Empowerment Initiatives

By Ahmad Masoud: The unemployment and poverty levels have remained significantly high in Afghanistan where USD641.7 billion has been spent in military, reconstruction and civilian aid in the past 10 years. The results of a survey by the Asia Foundation,

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High Unemployment Rate hits Helmand Province

Afghan government officials have expressed concerns over the high unemployment rate that has fueled insecurity in southern Helmand province. About 65% of Helmand population is currently unemployed, according to a survey by Labor and Social Affairs officials. Unemployment has resulted

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Afghanistan’s economy since 2002

According to a report by BBC, Afghanistan has witnessed a 70% increase in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since 2002. The GDP has increased from USD 3bn in 2002 to USD 20bn in 2012. The central bank’s foreign exchange reserves

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Unemployment and domestic violence cited as main factors behind high Afghan emigrations

According to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD), a growing number of Afghans are forced to leave the country and resettle in foreign countries illegally due to high unemployment and increasing rates of domestic violence. Lack

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Pakistani workers replace Afghans in Khost Labor Market

According to reports, thousands of Pakistani people from Khyber Pashtoonkhwa and Punjab have flooded the labor market in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan. The Afghan labors have expressed their concerns about absence of job opportunities for them and have called

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Negative rumors about 2014 being the reason for capital flight in Afghanistan

Afghan Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal cited the baseless concerns and negative rumors about the deadline 2014 as the reason for the capital flight and increasing corruption in the country. He said the enemies of Afghanistan are spreading speculations that

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Afghan Labor and Social Affairs Minister blames international community for unemployment

The Afghan Minister of Labor and Social Affairs accused the international community for their inattention towards building of infrastructure in Afghanistan, which as a result has caused a rise in unemployment in the country. This comes as Amina Afzali was

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Unemployment fuels insecurity in Afghanistan

The Afghan government recently announced that it needs to create half a million jobs a year to tackle the growing unemployment in the country. The high unemployment is cited as the main motive for Afghans joining insurgency. Lack of jobs

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Poppy harvests season attracts unemployed Afghans

The warm weather offers the most suitable climate for poppy cultivation in the southern Helmand province. Unemployment in the province has caused many Afghan young men to seek job opportunities in harvesting the poppy fields that will later become opium.

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Mixed concerns about Afghanistan’s economic future

Concerns have been raised that Afghanistan might face economic challenges post 2014. A number of analysts have accused the government for failing to take the right measures needed for an economically stable Afghanistan after the international aid winds down. Economic

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Afghanistan’s economic issues must be seriously considered- Ahmadzai

Head of the Afghan Transition Commission Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai warned about the potential threats Afghanistan might face, if significant attention is not paid towards Afghanistan’s economic and investment conditions. He cited the rising youth population, the widespread unemployment and the

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Joblessness a major concern in Samangan province

A number of Samangan residents have expressed their deep concerns about unemployment and lack of job opportunities in the province and have urged the government to take serious actions. The residents complain that foreigners are employed in a number of

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800,000 unemployed in Afghanistan

Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs are concerned about the current unemployment in Afghanistan and they are apprehensive that the situation may get worse. Deputy Minister of Labor Zubairudin Kirami at opening ceremony of technical and vocational training seminar in

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