57,225 Afghan refugees repatriated from Pakistan in 2015
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): More than 57,200 Afghan refugees have returned to their country in 2015 under the ongoing UN-assisted voluntary repatriation programme, a news report said on Tuesday.
Around 11,263 families, or 57,225 individuals, made use of UNHCR plan. The number of individuals repatriated from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stands at 29,226 and from Balochistanat 7,162, 4,629.
The Express Tribune reported 12,381 refugees returned from Sindh, 2,938 from Islamabad and 869 from Azad Kashmir. About 1.5 million registered refugees are currently living in Pakistan.
“We advocate for voluntary repatriation,” a UNHCR official told the newspaper. “Those Afghans who have proof of registration cards are legal refugees, while those without the document have nothing to do with UNHCR.”
Since 2002, the UNHCR has assisted the repatriation of over 3.9 million individuals. The UN agency provides each returning individual with a grant of $200, which is paid at refugee centres in Afghanistan.
Under the UNHCR initiative, returning refugee families are also provided with food and hygiene kits to help them restart their lives in their homeland.
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