In the first two weeks of April, an average of 1,000 unregistered refugees returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan daily: a sharp increase compared to the beginning of the year.
“We are concerned that without proper registration documents Afghan refugees are unprotected,” said Kate O’Rourke, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Afghanistan, says a message received here from Kabul.
In 2016, over 225,000 unregistered Afghan refugees returned from Pakistan. The number of people returning fell between December 2016 and March 2017, with less than 150 unregistered Afghans on average returning each day. However, since the end of March, the numbers have increased sharply.
“Unregistered Afghan refugees are now again returning from Pakistan in concerningly high numbers. Families are telling us that without registration documents they felt forced to leave,” said O’Rourke.—INP