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Turkey offers vocational training to Afghan immigrants

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23 August 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 immigrant removal centers after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Turkish media reported on August 23.

In addition to health and food services, immigrants receive job training to ensure they find employment upon their return to Afghanistan, according to the report.

An immigrant removal center in Van which accommodates 750 Afghan immigrants has been equipped with a psychosocial support center, a gym and children’s playgrounds. Turkish language classes and craft classes are also offered to immigrants at this center.

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

Immigrants are accommodated for up to one year in return centers. After contact with the consulates of the countries concerned, immigrants are sent back to their country. Currently, 7,500 Afghan migrants are expected to be dispatched once Kabul airport returns to normal 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 along the way, they stole our money, ”said Afghan immigrant Benevshe Mirzai, who fled persecution by the Taliban with his family members.

“From 2014 to 2016, I worked as a driver for Americans and Turks in Afghanistan. I was on the Taliban’s blacklist, 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 its overthrow by the United States. The collapse of Ashraf Ghani’s government in Kabul came in the wake of the Taliban blitzkrieg that began on August 6 and led to the capture of more than two dozen Afghan provinces on the morning of August 15.

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