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58,212 Afghan refugees repatriated from Pakistan in 2015: UNHCR

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: As many as 58,212 registered Afghan refugees have repatriated to Afghanistan from Pakistan during the last year, 2015.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), these refugees were sent back to their country from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Punjab, Islamabad and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Associated Press of Pakistan quoted an official source saying as, “UNHCR will assist each Afghan returnee with around USD 200 as a short-term integration and for transportation with additional grant of nearly $30 to $70 per head.”

According the sources, those returning from far-flung such as Sindh, Punjab and Kashmir would receive an additional amount for transportation. This financial assistance has been provided by the UNHCR Encashment centers inside Afghanistan.

The source further said that the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) program would come to halt by the end of 2017. Sources informed that the program has benefited nearly 10.6 million people including, 89 percent of Pakistanis and 11 percent of Afghan refugees, adding that RAHA has completed 3,500 projects.

To a question the source said that this year in the first week of 2016 from January 1 to January 9 around 112 Afghan refugees were sent back to their homeland. At least 56 Afghan refugees were sent back to their native towns from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 32 from Baluchistan, eight from Sindh, one from Punjab, 13 from Islamabad and two from Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

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