Afghans seek asylum during official tours: Report
By Sayed Jawad - Tue Jan 01 2013, 9:00 am
As Afghanistan is getting closer to take full security lead from the NATO troops by 2014 but security threats remains a major concern for most of the Afghans who are doubtful regarding the capabilities of the Afghan security forces.
In the meantime the growing asylum seeking demand by the Afghans remains another major issue for Afghanistan and analysts according to the analysts Afghanistan will face another crisis if the expertise continue to flee the country due to security, economic and social related issues.
According to a report published by BBC shows an increase in asylum seeking by Afghan officials who are fleeing the country during the official visits.
The report reveals hundreds of Afghan officials including presidential palace employees, diplomats, reporters and journalists, athletes and students have not returned back to Afghanistan after their duties were completed in hosted nations.
The issue has created barriers for the other Afghans and the foreign nations have halted training programs and in majority of cases Afghan citizens have been refused to obtain visa for official tours.
Meanwhile parliamentarian commission for international affairs say over 40% of the Afghan diplomats refused to return back to Afghanistan after their mission was completed in American and European countries.
At least 70 Afghan reporters have also requested for asylum in USA, Canada and Australia, the report by BBC revealed.
The report also noted at least 60 Afghan athletes have not returned back to Afghanistan during the past one decade.
More than 30,000 Afghans applied for political asylum worldwide in the first eleven months of 2011 in a 25 per cent increase on the previous year, according to United Nations statistics.
The figure has trebled since four years ago despite the international coalition ploughing billions of pounds into Afghanistan to try and boost the economy, rebuild infrastructure and defeat a Taliban-led insurgency.
The actual number leaving is likely to be far higher than those seeking asylum and is also believed to be increasing. The majority are economic migrants seeking a better life abroad according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), rather than fleeing security threats.
However officials are saying uncertainty over what happens as aid declines and foreign combat troops withdraw by the end of 2014 was influencing their decision to leave Afghanistan.
A World Bank forecast said the Afghan economy was so reliant on foreign aid that it could face a deep economic crisis as aid drops off.