Thursday, June 20, 2024

Over 500 Afghan Refugees Returned to the Country in the Week

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation announced that some 557 Afghan migrants returned to the country through the Spin Boldak land crossing point over the past three days.

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on Tuesday in a tweet said the migrants returned to the country from Sunday to Tuesday.

The ministry added that some 94 Afghan refugee families were introduced to International Office for Migration (IOM) to receive the required aid.  

However, the ministry did not clarify whether these refugees willingly returned to the country or were forced to leave the host country.

This comes as recent reports emerged that Afghan refugees in Pakistan are mistreated by police and other law enforcement agencies. In certain cases, Afghan migrants were detained for failing to provide legal stay documents, and eventually forcefully deported to Afghanistan.

It is worth mentioning that the oppressive behavior of Pakistani police toward Afghan asylum seekers prompted massive criticisms within Pakistan and beyond, calling on the Pakistani government to respect human rights and values and treat asylum seekers with dignity.

Meanwhile, it is reported that roughly three million Afghan refugees currently reside in Pakistan.

Since the Taliban seized power in Kabul in August 2021, thousands of Afghans fearing death threats and persecution by the Taliban regime migrated to Pakistan and Iran, now facing serious challenges including detention, harassment and forceful deportation.

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