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Over two thousand Afghan migrants return home from Iran and Pakistan

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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
This photo taken on November 23, 2023 shows Afghan refugee children sitting outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Azakhel Voluntary Repatriation Centre in Nowshera. More than 345,000 Afghans have returned to their country or been deported since Pakistan in October ordered undocumented migrants or those who have overstayed their visas to leave. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP) / TO GO WITH ‘PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN-UK-US-MIGRATION,FOCUS’ BY CYRIL BELAUD AND ZAIN ZAMAN JANJUA – To go with ‘PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN-UK-US-MIGRATION,FOCUS’ by Cyril Belaud and Zain Zaman Janjua

Following the recent mass deportations of Afghan migrants from Iran and Pakistan, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation has announced the return of more than two thousand Afghan migrants from Iran and Pakistan.

The ministry stated on Wednesday on its social media platform X that approximately 572 Afghan migrants residing in Pakistan entered the country on Tuesday via the Torkham border.

The ministry, citing the border authorities of Torkham in Nangarhar province, has reported that approximately 124 families, comprising 572 individuals, were forcibly returned from Pakistan.

Nevertheless, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation of Afghanistan continues to declare that alongside the return of migrants from Pakistan, approximately 1,834 Afghan migrants returned to the country through the Islam Qala border.

The ministry, citing border authorities in Islam Qala, has mentioned that newly returning migrants, including both families and singles, were forcibly returned from Iran.

The ministry has clarified that the returnees, after being registered with the Office of Migrants, were referred to the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for assistance.

Meanwhile, the WFP has raised concerns about the dire living conditions of the returnees, who face a lack of jobs, proper shelters, food, and medical facilities.

They have urged Pakistan to halt the return of Afghan migrants, especially during the harsh winter season in Afghanistan when essential facilities are lacking for these vulnerable individuals.

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