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Pakistan announces deportation of nearly half a million Afghan migrants

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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
Afghan refugees with their belongings arrive on vehicles from Pakistan at a registration centre near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province on November 28, 2023. – Border officials say at least 210,000 Afghans, including many who have lived decades, if not their whole lives, outside their country, have passed through the Torkham border point since Pakistan ordered those without documents to leave. (Photo by Sanaullah SEIAM / AFP)

Pakistani media report that 446,097 Afghan migrants, labeled as “illegal,” have been deported and returned to their country from Pakistan.

The state-run Radio Pakistan reported on Saturday, that the repatriation of “illegal” migrants, including Afghan nationals, continues in a “dignified and secure” manner.

According to Pakistani media, on Friday, 1,159 Afghan migrants returned to their country.

Pakistani officials began forced deportations of Afghan migrants on November 1st, during a severe humanitarian crisis and harsh winter conditions. Despite pleas from the UN and the international community, they continued with their plans, even intensifying the deportations.

This is while Pakistan’s action to deport 1.7 million Afghan migrants has led to a humanitarian crisis in the country.

Previously, relief and human rights organizations have warned about the difficult situation of the migrants returning from Pakistan.

According to the statistics of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), about 23.7 million people in Afghanistan in 2024, which is more than half of the population of the country, need humanitarian aid.

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