Influx of refugees worries Tajiks

Growing number of Afghan refugees entering Tajikistan makes job security uncertain.

    Life in Tajikistan, although fairly stable and calm compared with neighbouring Afghanistan, is not easy - especially for Afghan refugees fleeing war in their country.

    Tajikistan - the poorest state in the Soviet bloc still struggling to overcome the effects of a civil war in which 100,000 people were killed 10 years ago - is ill equipped to accommodate the influx.

    The International Crisis Group, a think tank, has described it as a country on the road to becoming a failed state.

    Official data have yet to be released but the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the number of Afghan refugees in Tajikistan is expected to have doubled last year to 5,000.

    This year the number is expected to grow to up to 7,000.

    Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker reports on why many Tajiks see this influx as a threat to their jobs.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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