107,000 Afghan refugees return from Pakistan this year
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN refugee agency on Wednesday said the repatriation process of Afghan refugees from Pakistan had accelerated compared to last year and so far more than 107,000 Afghans had returned to their country.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman in Pakistan, Dunya Aslam Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News 107,200 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated from Pakistan through the UNHCR this year.
Nearly 20,000 Afghans repatriated in the past six days alone, compared to 54,000 Afghans during the same period last year, she said. She said the repatriation process had accelerated compared to last year.
According to a statement from Afghanistan refugees office in Pakistan’s Peshawar city, around 3,000 to 4,000 Afghan families daily returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan.
The statement said the office was in contact with Afghan local officials and UNHCR to provide residential camps and facilities to the returning refugees in Afghanistan.
Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan have complained about a shortage of offices to register them for repatriation to Afghanistan.
Subhanallah, who recently returned from Peshawar, said hundreds of Afghan families every day visited UNHCR registration office in Peshawar but they had to wait for hours along with their belongings. “There are no facilities of car parking, drinking water and shelter at the registration office,” he said.
He asked the Afghan government to provide needed facilities to refugees returning home country.
Few days earlier, a 100-member delegation of Afghan refugees based in Pakistan traveled to Kabul and met with President Ashraf Ghani to discuss their problems with him.
The president has created special commissions and has ordered the relevant ministries to resolve problems of refugees.
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