Publish dateThursday 23 November 2023 - 10:16
Story Code : 280944
In the last three weeks, 374,000 Afghan refugees have been deported from Pakistan
The representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Pakistan said in a news conference yesterday that since the announcement of the decision of the Pakistani government to deport "illegal" immigrants and asylum seekers from this country, 374 thousand Afghan immigrants have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - International Service: Philippa Kendler, the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Pakistan, said in a news conference in Geneva yesterday (Tuesday, November 21) that these people are mostly afraid and in a hurry. They have entered Afghanistan.
He added that we are witnessing an exponential increase in the arrest and deportation of Afghan citizens from Pakistan, and the actions of the local authorities of that country have created a sense of fear and terror for the migrants and asylum seekers.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Pakistan has said that "mass returns" to Afghanistan as the temperature drops will increase the humanitarian crisis.
He added that those who enter Afghanistan from border points have complained of harassment and mistreatment, and desperate women and children are among those who have no choice but to pack their bags and return.
Philpa Kendler has said that many people who have returned to Afghanistan are vulnerable; including women and children and emphasized that if shelter is not provided for them, they may die in winter.
He said that these people need emergency help and UN employees are trying to help them in the border areas.
According to the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the organization has asked Pakistan that any return to Afghanistan should be "voluntary, dignified and safe".
The organization also asked Pakistan to establish a screening mechanism to identify vulnerable people in need of international support, and to establish a system that would both respond to Pakistan's security concerns and address Afghan citizens seeking security.
The representative of this institution in Pakistan has said that we are looking for more dialogue to address the challenges facing Pakistan and support the rights of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in that country.
Meanwhile, Pakistan had given more than 1.73 million undocumented migrants and asylum seekers a deadline until November 1 to leave that country, and with the end of this deadline, it has started the process of arresting and deporting them.
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