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Voluntary return of Afghan refugees slows down

Voluntary return of Afghan refugees slows down

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Aug 28, 2017 - 13:02

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland has cosiderably slowed dow as undocumented migrants stream to registration centres across Pakistan.

Around 25,000 illegal Afghans have been registered by Pakistan's National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) over the past nine days, a media report said on Monday.

Twenty-one registration centres, including 11 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, have been established in the coutry, Dawn reported..

The process for issuing Afghan Citizen Cards (ACCs) to a million Afghan nationals will continue till the end of the year.

It added the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees and Afghanistan's Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation are overseeing the documentation process that got under way on August 16.

Meanwhile, the UNHCR-sponsored voluntary repatriation process is moving at a snail's pace. Some 48,000 Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan to their homeland since April 3.

Last year, over 400,000 refugees went back to their country under the voluntary programme. But the process slowed down this year, as UNHCR has cut the return package from $400 to $200.

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