Balkhi visits Islam Qala to assess returnees’ registration
KABUL (Pajhwok): Refugee and Repatriation Minister Syed Hussain Alemi Balkhi assessed the registration process of Afghan refugees returning from Iran during a visit to the border town of Islam Qala in western Herat province.
In a statement, the Refugee and Repatriation Ministry said Balkhi stressed transparency in international aid for the returnees and further cooperation with them.
Islam Qala is 120 kilometres west of Herat City and is considered the biggest point for all Afghan refugees returning from Iran.
The returnees get registered in many centres in the town and receive aid in cash and other necessities from international organisations. They also receive training about localities still littered with landmines and other unexploded munitions.
After visiting the town, Balkhi later met with international organisations dealing with refugees in Herat city.
At the meeting, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and UN Habitat presented reports of their activities, the statement added.
Last month, the ministry said the European Union (EU) had allocated $11 million for Afghan returnees that would be allotted for construction of residential houses for the returnees in three provinces, including Herat.
Currently 450,000 Afghans are living in Iran on temporary visas, another 840,000 possess legal documents and 90,000 more hold Afghan passports.
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