The Ministry of Migrants and Repatriates of Afghanistan has announced that in the past month, more than 7,000 Afghan migrants, including 305 prisoners, have returned to the country from various prisons in Pakistan.
The ministry stated on Saturday, in a published report that these migrants entered the country through the “Spin Boldak” border in Kandahar province and were registered with the United Nations Refugee Agency for assistance after their return.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Migrants and Repatriates has reported the return of over a thousand Afghan migrants from Iran and Pakistan.
According to the ministry, 1,481 Afghan migrants from Iran and 263 others from Pakistan entered the country yesterday through the “Islam Qala” border in Herat province and the Torkham border, voluntarily and involuntarily.
This comes amid widespread reactions to the expulsion of Afghan migrants based on Pakistan’s strict laws regarding Afghan citizens.
Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, the interim Prime Minister of Pakistan, has recently expressed support for the decision to expel migrants “lacking legal documents” from the country and emphasized that the next government should continue the process of deporting migrants.
Since November 1st, 2023, the Pakistani government has expelled over half a million Afghan migrants, even amidst dire humanitarian conditions and harsh winter weather. Despite facing significant criticism from both national and international organizations, Pakistan has continued with its expulsion of Afghan migrants.