Livelihoods – Islamabad

In Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the most common livelihoods for Afghan refugees are as daily wage labourers in informal sectors. Some refugees do manage their own businesses and factories in Rawalpindi.

Most of the refugees living in the twin city are relatively poor. It is particularly difficult for the small number of non-Afghan refugees (e.g. Myanmarese and Somali) to find employment, most of whom live in Islamabad or Rawalpindi.

In addition to the general issues faced by refugees in Pakistan with respect to livelihoods, in the twin city additional social mobilization has been recommended in order to raise awareness within the refugee community of livelihood initiatives and opportunities.