Moving to Afghanistan

Kabul - Moving to Afghanistan
Afghanistan is a country that has witnessed decades of war, and remains embroiled in a Taliban-led insurgency against the government, which has struggled to extend its authority beyond the capital, Kabul.

Violent clashes and terrorist attacks are common, and the country remains a high-risk expat destination. Safety and security are therefore the primary concerns for expats contemplating a move to Afghanistan. 
 
Expats moving to Afghanistan mostly work in the armed forces, private security field or humanitarian and diplomatic sectors. Expats will not find the comforts of other expat destinations and the hardship factor combined with the high risks to personal safety and security to expats living in Afghanistan ensures that they are well-compensated financially. Accommodation for expats is typically in secure military compounds and most foreign workers are surrounded by high security.
 
Due to the ongoing conflict, many governments advise their citizens to avoid travel to all or some of the country. An assignment to Afghanistan should be considered very carefully. Whether the benefits outweigh the risks is for each expat to decide for themselves.
 
Western interests are particularly targeted in attacks in Afghanistan and kidnappings of foreigners occur throughout the country. Foreign embassies, government offices, religious and military buildings, hotels, shops and restaurants used by the international community have been targeted by insurgents in the past and the threat of further attacks remains high. The risks are particularly heightened during the spring and summer, when the Taliban usually launches its Spring Offensive in May.
 
Decades of conflict in Afghanistan have left the country’s infrastructure ruined and underdeveloped. Healthcare is well below what most expats would be used to and only a few basic medical facilities are available, mostly in Kabul. Any serious medical emergencies will require air-evacuation out of the country, and expats should ensure that they have comprehensive medical insurance to cover this.
 
Educational opportunities are extremely limited for expat children in Afghanistan. There are very few international schools in Afghanistan, and those that are available are all centred around foreign controlled compounds in Kabul. However, Afghanistan is certainly not an expat destination for the whole family and those contemplating a move to Afghanistan should rather do so without their children.

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