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Fifteen Afghan refugee students have enrolled in the Albert Einstein Academic Refugee Initiative Fund (DAFI) programme, which will fund their studies in Tajikistan.
DUSHANBE — On Oct. 22, 15 Afghan refugee students enrolled in the Albert Einstein Academic Refugee Initiative Fund (DAFI) programme, which will finance their studies in Tajikistan.
DAFI is financed by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has operated since 1992 in countries that accept refugees, including Tajikistan. The programme’s main aim is to enable young and able refugees to receive a vocational education for subsequent employment and social integration in countries that accept refugees, or for their return to their home countries.
The DAFI programme is run by the NGO Refugee Children and Vulnerable Citizens, a partner of the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tajikistan.
The project began in Tajikistan last year, when seven refugee students received scholarships to study at universities. This year there were 50 applications.
“In selecting candidates, we focus on the following disciplines: computer-related technologies, teaching, medicine, construction and economics,” says Ilya Todorovich, the head of the UNHCR office in Tajikistan.
Todorovich said that more than 4,000 Afghans have recently been granted asylum in Tajikistan. “While there has been an influx of refugees from Afghanistan over the past few years, the number this year has risen dramatically with the arrival of 2,200 new refugees. Until the security situation in Afghanistan improves, the influx of refugees is unlikely to abate,” Todorovich added.