Sat, Oct

UNHCR Repatriates Over 6,000 Afghan Refugees This Year


UNUN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had so far facilitated the repatriation of over 6,446 registered Afghan refugees from Pakistan during this year.

According to the organization, between January 1 and June 4, over 6,446 Afghan refugees were repatriated through voluntarily repatriation centers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Sindh, Punjab, Islamabad and Azad Kashmir, an official source said, according to the Daily Times of Pakistan.
Commenting on the projects initiated by the Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA), he said over 10.6 million people, including Afghan refugees and Pakistani nationals, benefitted from the projects since their launch in 2009.
The RAHA has completed over 300 projects in different districts of Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan at a cost of $175 million USD, the newspaper reported.
These projects are facilitating people especially in health, education, infrastructure and livelihood sectors, the UNHCR said.
The key objective of these programs was to create cohesion between Afghan refugees and their host communities, it said.
It is estimated that as many as three million Afghans live in Pakistan as refugees.