Livelihoods – Karachi

In Karachi, the most common livelihoods for Afghan refugees are as daily wage labourers, drivers, loaders, garbage collectors, scrap dealers, vegetable sellers, restaurant owners and shopkeepers (particularly selling carpets). Also, some refugees do manage small family businesses and factories, typically related to carpet weaving or distribution.

Most Afghan refugees in Karachi are extremely poor compared with other districts and competition for jobs within the community and also with other immigrant communities is fierce.

There is huge demand for vocational skills trainings and refugees are particularly interested in collaborative efforts between UNHCR and the government of Sindh in this regard. Specific training recommendations by refugees to be included in the RAHA programme include the following trades for men: motor mechanics, mobile repair / technicians, electricians and tailors. For women, refugees have requested tailoring, embroidery and credit schemes for small business/ shops.