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UNHCR to temporarily halt repatriation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has decided to suspend the repatriation process of Afghan refugees in Pakistan for around three months because of cold weather. According to a spokesperson of the UNHCR, the repatriation process will be halted from December 1 till February 28 next year due to drop in temperature and severe cold. He said all UNHCR centers in Pakistan and Afghanistan would remain closed during the winter. Registered Afghan refugees would not be given financial…

Pakistan, Afghanistan discuss refugees’ repatriation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday held a second meeting of the Refugee Working Group (RWG) under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) in Islamabad. The meeting took place at the Ministry of SAFRON in Islamabad. The Afghan delegation was headed by the Deputy Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Dr Alema, whereas Mohammad Aslam, the secretary of the SAFRON, led the Pakistan side in the meeting. Both the sides discussed matters related to Afghan refugees and other…

Japan pledges $2.7 mn to support Pakistani youth, Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: The government of Japan has pledged a contribution of USD 2.7 million to support refugees and host communities across Pakistan. Japan’s ambassador to Pakistan Takashi Kurai and UNHCR’s Country Representative in Pakistan Ruvendrini Menikdiwela signed the agreement with Chief Commissioner for Afghan Refugees Saleem Khan in attendance, at a ceremony held here. The Japanese Ambassador hoped that the grant aid would be fully utilised for the future of Afghan refugees and host communities, especially young…

Govt decides to devise comprehensive policy on Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet has decided to devise a comprehensive policy on Afghan refugees before next extension of their stay in Pakistan in June next year. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, briefing newsmen along with Minister for Energy Umar Ayub here, said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be given a comprehensive briefing on the issue. Out of 2.5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, two million refugees were registered and 0.5 million were so far unregistered, he said. As many as…

Annoucement to award citizenship to Bengali, Afghan refugees open for debate: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that his announcement of awarding citizenship to Bengali and Afghan refugees is open for a parliamentary debate, ARY News reported. During his speech at the floor of the National Assembly, the PM maintained that no international law allows any country to forcibly repatriate refugees, while children born in a particular country are naturally considered citizens of that country worldwide. "Bengali refugees, for instance, are here (in Pakistan) for more than 40…

Over 1800 Afghan refugees imparted training countrywide

ISLAMABAD: National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) under its training program, has imparted technical and vocational skills to more than 1800 Afghan refugees across the country. The Afghan refugees have been imparted six months free of cost technical courses in as many as 24 most demanded trades, said an official of the NAVTTC while talking to a state-run wire service on Wednesday. He further said that the training to Afghan refugees settled in various regions of the country with the help of…

Interim extension of three months granted to Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: The caretaker federal cabinet on Saturday decided to grant an interim extension of three months to the registered Afghan refugees in the country, ARY News reported. The decision was made at a meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad with Prime Minister retired Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk in the chair. The meeting discussed, in detail, the issue of extension in stay of the Afghan Refugees. It was further decided to place the matter before the incoming elected government. Budget of Capital Development…

Repatriation of Afghan refugees resumes today

PESHAWAR: Repatriation of ‘Registered Afghan’ refugees scheduled to be resumed today (Monday) after four months of suspension, through two refugee centres established in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa respectively, ARY New reported.  According to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) each returnee would be granted $400 under personal assistance package for their safe return to Afghanistan. The United Nation’s agency confirmed 11,000 Afghan refugees have been registered in Khyber Pakthunkhwa alone…

Repatriation of Afghan refugees to resume by April: UNHCR

PESHAWAR: Following suspension of the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan to their country for four months, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced the repatriation process to resume from April 3 this year, ARY News reported.  Each returnee will be granted $200 under individual assistance package by the United Nation’s refugee agency. Eleven thousand refugees have been registered so far in Khyber Pakthunkhwa who are opting to return to Afghanistan. Two repatriation centres have been…

Rise in Afghans returning home threatens overstretched resources: UN

LONDON: More than 9,400 undocumented Afghans have returned home from Iran and Pakistan in the first week of 2017, raising concerns over how the war-torn Asian nation will cope with the rising influx, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The vast majority were young men crossing the border from Iran. Although repatriation is not compulsory, the Pakistan stepped up pressure to send people back amid growing local animosity toward Afghan refugees. The United Nations migration agency – the International Organization for…