The unemployment problem remains acute in the country even for the local residents. The coronavirus aggravated this problem even more.
«This is big problem for the Tajik people, but even bigger for the refugees. Many of them, who worked as plumbers, cooks, tailors, mechanics, drivers and construction workers, lost their jobs and source of income.
For example, Afghan construction companies operating in Tajikistan asked us to allocate them workers in previous years. We have employed up to 200 people in these companies. This year, due to the coronavirus, we employed only five people. There were no vacant positions this year.
Afghan refugees live very modestly because they do not have savings and food. They have to pay the rent. Some of our migrants make their living by the support from the relatives in Canada, USA, Germany and other countries. Currently, such support is not available because these countries introduced quarantine, and the relatives cannot send money.»
- Abdulmusavvir Bahoduri