Pajhwok12/27/2013By Sharafuddin Stanikzai [Printer Friendly Version]
HERAT CITY - Officials in western Herat province on Thursday said they were trying to provide work opportunities for 20,000 Afghans in neighboring Iran.
Addressing a media briefing in Herat City, Governor Fazlullah Wahidi said they had assigned a commission to provide visa facilities for the deserving people to work in Iran.
He added the commission would identify the eligible people and those deported from that country would be recommended to the Iranian consulate for visas.
The main objective behind the initiative is to alleviate unemployment and prevent illegal travel of Afghan youth to Iran -- home to tens of thousands of Afghan refugees.
Hamidullah Khatibi, the refugee director, said they had already talked to Iranian consulate officials on the issue. During the current year, nearly 100,003 Afghans have been expelled from Iran.
Under the process, the commission would introduce on a daily basis about 100 Afghan workers to the Iranian consulate for visas, he concluded.