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Over 850,000 Afghans Returned Home Last Year

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KABUL: The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) has said that more than 850,000 Afghan refugees have returned home from the US, Asian and European countries in the last one year.

Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Noor Rahman Akhlaqi said that 43 Afghans returned back home from the US, 935 from European countries, 11,929 from Turkey, 731,000 from Iran and more than 8,000 from Pakistan.

Mr. Akhlaqi said that the returnees came back home from Iran and Pakistan due to coronavirus and joblessness, as these countries scrambled with the deadly virus.

He said that more than 85,000 refugees returned home from 2015 till 2020 and 3,870 of them were forcefully deported.

Government figures showed that 32 Afghan nationals returned home from European countries in the last one month.

According to the ministry, more than 6.5 million Afghan nationals are residing in foreign countries and 4 million have been internally displaced due to insecurity and poverty.

The return of the Afghan refugees to their home country takes place at a time as it faces immense problems due to insecurity, natural disasters, coronavirus and other issues.

More than 76,000 families were displaced in the current Persian Year, according to the ministry.

Akhlaqi said that the ministry has provided assistance to 97,000 internally displaced people.

Earlier, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that the internally displaced people need urgent assistance and termed insecurity, poverty as the reasons for their displacement.

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