KP collecting data on Afghan refugees living in Hayatabad
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government is conducting a survey on Afghan refugees living in the posh neighbourhood of Hayatabad in Peshawar, the provincial capital.
The Commissionerate of Afghan Refugees (CAR) is collecting data on refugees for the first time with financial support from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
In an interview with The Express Tribune, Afghan Refugees Repatriation Cell Director Fazal Rabi said the door-to-door survey was focused on the refugees living in Hayatabad for years.
He added they would gather details of documented and undocumented refugees living in the city as part of the survey that was launched in January. Initially, the survey was confined to Hayatabad, but it will be extended to other parts of the province as well.
Rabi told the newspaper: “This survey will help us understand the needs of refugees. We will be able to ask for seats for Afghan refugees in schools, colleges and universities in Peshawar.”
The status of all refugees, whose Proof of Registration (PoR) cards have expired, will be treated as illegal aliens, according to the official, who stopped short of sharing the findings of the survey which is in final stages.
In October 2015, the Commissionerate said more than 148,225 Afghan refugee families were residing in 43 camps across the province. Of them, 31,662 families were living in seven camps in Peshawar and 14,773 in three camps of Haripur.
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