A migration story from Afghanistan

If I start with a story, I would say that we were an intimate class at school. Everyone loved each other. In my senior class, lots of my classmates made up their mind to leave home for Europe. It was almost hard to find someone who was not thinking of moving out Afghanistan. If not for himself, but for his immediate family members or his friends.

After he had been absent from school for over a week, I dropped by one of my closest friends. He was not home. When I found out that he had left our country for Europe without a simple farewell, I lost my temper.  One month later, when I knew that he had reached Europe, I chatted him on Skype. He told me that he could not control himself and he would weep, so he preferred to leave the country without informing us.

It was not only the anecdote of Qadir, my friend but also the story of Afghanistan. Many Afghans leave Afghanistan for a wide range of reasons. Last year, when my countrymen were in hurry to quit here for a better shelter, me and one of my friends interviewed a couple of them. We found out that the substantial reasons are insecurity, joblessness, and the growing poverty.

The very first impression of immigration on me was missing my friends. Now, I lost lots of them. They leave the country to seek asylum. Some are deported, some have been accepted as citizens of the hosting countries, and of course a vast majority are waiting in a long queue for the aftermaths. he immigration has had a profound impact on Afghans. Many have come to believe that, in fact, Human Rights, United Nations, and other humanitarian organizations have chosen if not a devastating role at least a neutral one. Fundamentalists believe that the “heathen” west has brutally behaved them. It can serve as a potential for terrorist and fundamentalist groups to maintain their propaganda against Democracy and Human Rights

On the other hand, the Afghan government has signed a treaty with European countries that legitimizes the deportation of those Afghans whose asylum request have not been accepted. Both the people and the migrated Afghans are very unsatisfied with this treaty and see it as a stab in the back. They left here for seeking asylum and finding a better life, but the way they have been treated hurts them. Their frequent message for us back in Afghanistan is to stay home.

Ziafatullah SaeediI