Around 58,212 afghan refugees repatriated from Pakistan in 2015: UNHCR

PakistanAround 58,212 afghan refugees repatriated from Pakistan in 2015: UNHCR

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The UN Refugee Agency has repatriated more than 58,212 registered Afghan refugees from Pakistan to Afghanistan in 2015 from January 1 to December 31 including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab, Islamabad and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

An official source told media here on Monday, UNHCR provides Afghan returnees approximately US$ 200 per person as a short-term integration and transportation grand (between US$ 30 to US$ 70).

The transportation grant varies according to the travel distance from the areas of residence in Pakistan to the areas of origin in Afghanistan.

Those returning from distant places such as Karachi, Punjab, Sindh and Azad Jammu Kashmir will receive an additional transportation grant of US$ 15 to US$ 30 per person.

The transportation and integration grant are provided at the UNHCR Encashment centres inside Afghanistan.

Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) would be completed by the end of 2017 while 10.6 million people were benefitted so far including 89 percent Pakistanis and 11 percent Afghan refugees across the country, she informed.

He said that RAHA has completed 3500 projects so far and several still continuing for the social welfare of the public.

To a question he  said that this year in the first week of 2016 from January 1 to January 9 around 212 afghan refugees were repatriated including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 56, Balochistan 32, Sindh 8, Punjab 1, Islamabad 13, Azad Kashmir 2.

Source: APP

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