Livelihoods – Mardan

In Mardan, the most common livelihoods for Afghan refugees are as daily wage labourers on farms and industrial labour. Some have private businesses or are involved in government service provision.

Compared with other districts, refugees residing in Mardan are poor and often do not have access to basic facilities. Refugees largely depend upon agriculture and industrial labour which is seasonal and casual in nature.

In 2007, BEFARe trained 250 female refugees in Mardan to develop their entrepreneurial and cash handling skills.

In addition to the general concerns from refugees, travel restrictions and police harassment at checkposts in Mardan also negatively impact on refugees’ ability to find and hold onto jobs.

Additional livelihoods and vocational skills trainings are regularly requested by refugees in this district.