Refugees & Migration | 18 December 2016, 15:24
As the world marks International Migrants' Day on Sunday, Afghan authorities revealed that the number of refugees who have returned home, mostly from Pakistan, has reached one million.
The International Migrants Day was marked in Nanagarhar province. In a ceremony held in Jalal Abad City, Ahmad Wali Hakimi, the Deputy Minister of Refugees and Repatriation said more than a million Afghans have returned home this year - most of these refugees have come home from Pakistan, and have chosen to stay in Nangarhar.
According to him, Nanagahar province has two dedicated residential towns for the returnees, which can accommodate up to 30, 000 families each. Another such town was recently opened in Laghman province, which provides 12 thousand families with residence, Hakimi added. The International Origination for Migration (IOM) provides returnees with temporary shelter in Turkham crossing point and grants 300 to 400 US dollar to them.
"On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a message.
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