UNHCR to assess refugees’ repatriation process
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, is in Afghanistan on a two-day visit starting to assess the progress and the continuing challenges in UNHCR’s largest repatriation operation worldwide.
A statement from the UNHCR office said that more than 5.7 million Afghan refugees have returned to Afghanistan since the current voluntary repatriation operation started in 2002.
Aside from reviewing UNHCR’s operation in the country, the main purpose of his visit to Afghanistan is to discuss with senior government officials long-term solutions to the Afghan refugee situation in the region, and key issues for returnees to better ensure their successful reintegration, access to shelter, livelihood opportunities and socio-economic prospects.
UNHCR is also involved in coordinating emergency response to Internally Displaced Afghans and co-chairs the IDP Task Force, the statement added.
Guterres is scheduled to meet President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah as well as other ministers involved in the return and reintegration of Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are members of the newly established commission called “National High Level Commission on Migration,” it noted.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.