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Majority of returning migrants from Pakistan are women and children

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
In this photograph taken on November 6, 2023, Afghan refugees arrive with their belongings on a truck from Pakistan at a registration centre after crossing the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province. – Thousands of Afghans living in Pakistan have been forcibly returned to their country since November 1 “in deplorable condition”, Taliban authorities said on November 5, contradicting Islamabad, which said most have returned voluntarily. (Photo by Sanaullah SEIAM / AFP)

The World Health Organization reports that approximately 24 per cent of returning migrants from Pakistan are children under the age of five.

On Sunday, this organization emphasized in a report that, in collaboration with its partners, it has provided healthcare services to 51,494 returning migrants from Pakistan.

According to the organization’s report, 24 per cent of these migrants are children under the age of five, while 48 per cent are women, including both children and adolescents.

The World Health Organization states that most of these migrants returning from Pakistan come from the provinces of Nangarhar, Kandahar, Kunar, Kunduz, and Laghman.

The World Health Organization provides statistics that returning migrants from Pakistan include 11,205 boys, 749 girls, 11,348 men, and 16,192 women. With the approach of winter, many of them are vulnerable to health risks.

According to this report, following Pakistan’s action to expel migrants, a total of 327,400 Afghan citizens have entered the country through the Spin Boldak and Torkham borders.

This is happening amidst concerns expressed by various human rights organizations about the situation of returning migrants from Pakistan.

Earlier, Save the Children also expressed concerns about the outbreak of respiratory illnesses among these returning migrants, attributing it to their exposure to dust and living in smoke-filled makeshift shelters, which could potentially lead to severe respiratory infections among these migrants.

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