70,000 registered refugees repatriated from KP in 8 months
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): About 70,000 registered Afghan refugees have been repatriated to their homeland from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since the start of the current year, the United Nations has said.
From January 1 to August 31, 5,000 refugees were sent back from Balochistan from Afghanistan through the Voluntary Repatriation Centres of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The state-controlled APP news agency quoted UNHCR spokeswoman Dunya Aslam as saying that 1,800 Afghans were repatriated from Sindh, 12,200 from Punjab, 1,500 from Islamabad and 230 from Azad Kashmir.
The number of returning refugees slightly rose due to the increase in cash grant from $200 to $400 per person. UNHCR’s mandate in Pakistan only covers registered Afghan refugees with valid Proof of Registration (PoR) cards.
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