The United Nations (UN) has said that Afghan people are seeking refuge in Western countries due to poverty, security and an upper graph of unemployment.
According to the figures provided by UNHCR in the year 2014, more than 40,000 Afghans have sought refuge in West.
Globally Afghans are the third largest asylum seekers after Yugoslavs and Iraqis.
Among Afghan asylum seekers, Dari speaking population is dominant. After the fall of northern parts of the country to Taliban, the number of asylum seekers has marked a considerable increase.
UN added that the exact statistics of Afghan refugees in the year 2015 is still unclear.
Amid fear of targeted killings and bomb explosions, most of Afghans have been striving to get resettled in western countries.
Since 2002, more than 5.8 million Afghan refugees have returned home. Representing 20 per cent of Afghanistan’s population, returnees remain a key population of concern to UNHCR. Refugee returns have dwindled during the past five years and owing to insecurity and a difficult socio-economic situation, only around 10,000 refugees returned during the first seven months of 2014.
Reported by Farahnaz Forutan