Turkey offers vocational training to Afghan immigrants

August 23, 2021 13:50 (UTC+04:00)

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By Vugar Khalilov

Turkey is offering vocational training to illegal Afghan immigrants housed in the country’s immigration centers after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Turkish media reported on August 23.

In addition to health services and food, the immigrants receive vocational training to ensure that they will find employment when they return to Afghanistan, according to the report.

An immigration center in Van, which hosts 750 Afghan immigrants, has been equipped with a psychosocial support centre, a sports hall and play areas for children. Turkish language courses and handicraft courses are also provided to immigrants in this center.

Irregular migrants captured by security forces at the Iranian border and in downtown Van are first brought to the Van Provincial Police Department. Action is taken against those found to have a connection to terrorism or to be involved in a crime.

Immigrants are housed for up to a year in detention centres. After contact with the consulates of the countries concerned, the immigrants are sent back to their country. Currently, 7,500 Afghan migrants are expected to be sent once Kabul airport returns to routine operation.

“It took us two months to get to Turkey, passing through forests and mountainous areas. We fled Afghanistan because our security was in danger. We came here because Turkey is a Muslim country and it is safe. We had no intention of going to Europe. Going through Iran was very difficult. We met thieves on the way, they stole our money,” said Afghan immigrant Benevshe Mirzai who fled Taliban persecution with her family members.

“From 2014 to 2016, I worked as a driver for Americans and Turks in Afghanistan. I was blacklisted by the Taliban, so I had to flee,” said another Afghan refugee, Fehim Mousavi.

It should be noted that the Taliban armed group regained power in Afghanistan 20 years after being overthrown by the United States. The collapse of Ashraf Ghani’s government in Kabul came in the wake of the Taliban’s blitzkrieg that began on August 6 and led to the capture of more than two dozen Afghan provinces by the morning of August 15.

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