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MPs concerns over rise in unemployment

(Last Updated On: March 30, 2016)

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The members of Parliament voiced concerns over rise of unemployment and vacancies in government institutions; urging the National Unity Government to take serious measures regarding the issues.

Rising unemployment in Afghanistan has turned into a major concern for the young population. According to the Afghan government, the high jobless number may cause serious social problems and may even force youths to join terrorist groups such as the ISIL.

“Due to the rise of unemployment, Afghan youths are abandoning the country day by day,” said Nazir Ahmad Hanafi, representative of Herat.

Return of Afghan refugees from neighboring countries and rising population density are cited as the main factors behind the high unemployment rate.

However, some have expressed optimism that the issue would be resolved with the start of the new solar year.

Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the Afghan people, particularly members of the younger generation. Around 68 percent of the country’s population of some 31 million people is under the age of 25, of which 40 percent are 15 to 24 years of age, according to a World Population Prospects study. Generation of Afghans who have the potential to build a stronger future for our country, and yet many are finding their employment prospects limited.

Now is the time to make peace a lasting reality. As future leaders of the country, Afghan youths have a very important role to play in peacemaking in Afghanistan.

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