The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Efforts underway to address issues of repatriating Afghans

Afghanistan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation has said that over 45,000 Afghan refugees have returned to the country in a forced and voluntary manner from Pakistan, Iran and Turkiye since January 1st. Based on information of the country’s ministry, over 800,000 Afghan refugees have returned to the country from the respective countries since last October. The newly returned Afghan refugees are facing various challenges as unemployment and lack of residential houses. The Islamic Emirate is working to address issues of repatriating Afghan refugees as their issues have been discussed in the recent meeting of the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund. The cabinet tasked the High Commission for Refugees to assess the issues of returning Afghan refugees in jobs, residential facilities and other sectors Pakistan has forcefully expelled hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees from its soil in the past few months. Iran is also forcefully expelling thousands of Afghan refugees every day. The Islamic Emirate and other relief agencies provided assistance to the repatriating refugees. However, they are still facing issues in various areas. The repatriation of Afghan refugees has gained momentum since last October after the Pakistani government announced the repatriation of illegal Afghan refugees living in the country. Based on information from the Ministry of Refugees, an average of 100 families are crossing to Afghanistan. International organizations and UN agencies have repeatedly warned that newly returning migrants from Pakistan are to face an uncertain future. They have also warned that Afghan immigrants face the risks of trafficking while returning from neighboring countries, particularly from Pakistan and Iran. Till the end of December 2023, it was reported that more than 540,000 Afghan refugees had been repatriated under the Pakistan government’s deportation drive against illegal refugees living in the country. The Islamic Emirate also said that since October 2023, more than 800,000 Afghan immigrants have returned to the country. Many of those who have returned to the country in the past three months do not have a place to stay. Most of them have returned to the country with nothing. They are facing with unemployment and do not have access to healthcare services. Some national and international humanitarian agencies are providing aid but they need much more support. The journey from Pakistan and Iran is extremely challenging for those returning or forcibly deported from the two neighboring countries, with their meager possessions lost on the way. Currently, it is winter in Afghanistan, where temperatures have dropped to minus degrees freezing makes the situation even more urgent, as new arrivals are lacking shelter, warm clothes and food. The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly asked the neighboring countries to stop the forced deportation of Afghan refugees. On the other hand, the Islamic Emirate has taken the necessary measures to address all issues of repatriating Afghan refugees. The most recent cabinet meeting on issues of repatriating Afghan refugees shows that the IEA is committed to addressing challenges facing newly returned Afghans.S.Raqib

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.