The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations of Afghanistan has announced that on Tuesday, 5,505 Afghan migrants returned from Pakistan, and an additional 2,730 migrants returned from Iran to the country.
On Wednesday, the ministry, through a statement posted on its social media platform X, stated that these migrants had returned under both voluntary and forced deportation, with some among them being individuals who had been released from detention.
According to reports, these migrants entered the country through the border crossings of Torkham and Spin Boldak in Kandahar province from Pakistan and the Islam Qala border crossing from Iran.
Meanwhile, returning migrants from Pakistan have been provided with 10,000 Afghanis each, and they have been referred to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for further assistance.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation added that five of the returning individuals had been held in detention in Pakistan, and all of these migrants have returned “involuntarily.”
At the same time, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that more than 327,000 Afghan migrants have returned from Pakistan during the process of repatriation.
However, several human rights and international organizations have expressed concerns about the situation of migrants in Afghanistan and have called for a halt to the expulsion of migrants.