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Last year, 48,000 Afghans returned home from Pakistan

Last year, 48,000 Afghans returned home from Pakistan

Jan 01, 2018 - 11:02

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): About 48,000 refugees returned in 2017 to their homeland from Pakistaninfo-icon under the voluntary repatriation programme, a senior government official said on Monday. 

In 2016, some 400,000 Afghan refugees had been repatriated under the same programme, the official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.

The voluntary repatriation programme has been suspended since October due to the harsh winter in Afghanistaninfo-icon. The process is expected to resume in March 2018.

Also in 2016, the source revealed, 200,000 unregistered Afghan citizens returned to their country. He believed the complete return of refugees from Pakistan was unlikely this year.

Over the past six months, according to the official, 670,000 undocumented Afghans have been registered across the country by the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).

The nationwide documentation drive would come to an end in the first week of the current month, he said, adding 350,000 Afghan citizens had been registered in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

As a result of the campaign, the registered individuals will receive Afghan Citizen Cards legalising their stay in Pakistan for indefinite period of time. A million undocumented Afghans are to be documented during the drive.

In order to achieve the registration target, the source revealed, the government could extend the programme for two months. A decision in this regard could be taken on January 5.

He continued the refugees might get two more extensions after December 2018 due to the unstable security situation in Afghanistan and lack of economic opportunities for the returnees.

The registered Afghans, whose number is estimated at 1.4 million, lost their refugee status in Pakistan on Sunday. The Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) has recommended a one-year extension for them.

Subject to the recommendation of the federal cabinet, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi may grant the refugees a new extension within the next fortnight. The refugees have already been given five extensions.


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