Government moves to aid unregistered refugees

| 31 October 2016, 18:11


Amid mass influx of refugees back from Pakistan, the Afghan government on Monday launched a program to aid and support those not having the Proof of Registration Card (PoRC) issued by Pakistani government.

With the help of aid agencies, the Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation (MoRR) began facilitating the undocumented Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan. A delegation from the MoRR visited Nangarhar province on Monday to officially begin the course of providing financial support to those returning refugees who do not poses PoRC.

Every newly returning refugee has been offered AFN 3,350 in cash, the officials added.

Ahmad Wali Hakimi, deputy minister at the MoRR, noted that the documented refugees would be helped by UNHCR with
the previously promised compensation ammount. He added 40% of the undocumented refugees would be assisted by the International Organization for Migration (IoM). He announced that some 30,000 residential plots would be distributed among the needy repatriated families in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces.

Speaking on the occasion, Gullab Mangal, the governor for Nangarhar province, appreciated the program and thanked the government and international agencies for their moves. He said the returning refugees are in dire need of help. He added that to ensure transparency, the government would introduce banking system for repatriated refugees to receive the aid.

The UN refugee agency has helped more than 300,000 Afghan refugees return to their homeland so far this year. According to a UNHCR document, about 313,000 registered Afghan refugees have been repatriated to Afghanistan under the voluntary repatriation program this year. Of the refugees who retur­ned to their country, 251,639 were living in Khyber Pakhtun­khwa, 23,278 in Balochistan, 2,513 in Sindh, 31,138 in Punjab, 4,653 in Islamabad and 363 in Azad Kashmir