Pakistan to Start Registration of Undocumented Afghan Refugees

| 13 May 2017, 15:33

Pakistani public administrations reached an internal deal on Thursday to register undocumented Afghan refugees in the country, Daily Mail reports.

The National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) of Pakistan signed a memo with the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) based on which government will collect comprehensive date of one million unregistered Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

The process will start in three months after NADRA has established counters across the country, installed hardware and has created a mechanism for the massive campaign.

The documentation process will be complete in 10 months. Pakistan and Afghanistan had agreed to document unregistered Afghan nationals in Pakistan by technical support from NADRA and verification by Afghan authorities.

A committee of three members from the two countries has been established to facilitate the process. Pakistan is currently hosting around 1.45 million registered refugees, who hold Proof of Registration (PoR) cards to stay in the country until end of 2017, and 1 million undocumented ones, tagging the country as the host to largest refugee population in the world.

Persecution of Afghan refugees in Pakistan was rampant in 2016 and forced a large number of them to return home in the face of deteriorated security, fragile economy and lack of services.

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