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Above 18,000 families migrate to Nangarhar this year

Above 18,000 families migrate to Nangarhar this year

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Oct 21, 2019 - 18:05

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Displaced persons from 17 provinces and repatriates belonging to 13 provinces have been living in eastern Nangarhar province, the provincial Refugee and Repatriates Department said on Monday.

Over 18,000 families from different insecure provinces, with the majority from Kunar, migrated to Nangarhar this year, according to officials.

Refugees Department head Najibullah Qayyumi during an interview told Pajhwok Afghan News the influx of refugees and their inhabitance level in Nangarhar was very high.

He said currently internally-displaced families from 17 provinces and repatriates who recently returned from Pakistaninfo-icon and hailed from 13 different provinces were currently living in Nangarhar.

He said 18,078 families from different provinces arrived in Nangarhar this year as a result of insecurity in their own areas.

Qayyumi said security situation in 20 provinces has improved and people could return to their previous homes.

He added 2005 families returned to their own areas while 14,640 other families have applied for return to their hometowns.

The refugee department head said all displaced families had been assisted

Some national and international donor organizations and UNHCR and WFP had conducted surveys here.

Qayyomi said townships for refugees have been created. He said previously some powerful individuals had usurped parts of these townships but the issue had been resolved.

He pledged to distribute land plots to returnees in line with the presidential decree to families who possessed documents.

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