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Migration

Pakistan to legalise stay of 700,000 Afghan refugees

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May 25, 2017 - 16:26
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan is expected to legalise the stay of 700,000 Afghan refugees by launching their registration process in the next few weeks, officials said on Thursday.. Hafizullah Miakhel, media advisor to the Ministry of Refugees and...
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Overseas Afghans to get ID cards, passports

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May 22, 2017 - 19:18
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government has decided to distribute national identity cards and passports to Afghan nationals living in Pakistan, Iran and Gulf countries, an official said on Monday. To this effect, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was...
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Aid for undocumented returnees to increase: IOM

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May 21, 2017 - 19:19
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Sunday inaugurated a recently completed significant expansion of its Torkham Transit Center in eastern Nangarhar province to increase aid to undocumented Afghan returnees from...
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Pakistan has promised assisting Afghan refugees: IOM

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May 20, 2017 - 20:50
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Deputy director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Laura Thompson, on Saturday said Pakistan had promised to address Afghan refugees’ issues and to formally recognize them. Thompson visited Torkham...
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Hundreds of Afghan refugees return last week

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May 07, 2017 - 19:07
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) on Sunday said more than 17,000 Afghan refugees had returned from Iran and Pakistan during the past one week. A MoRR statement received by Pajhwok Afghan News said some of the...
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Iran ready for talks on legalising stay of Afghans

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May 07, 2017 - 14:24
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tehran on Sunday expressed its readiness to work together with Kabul on legalising the status of Afghans living in the neighbouring country and offered all possible support to the war-torn nation.. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad...
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CEO briefed on problems Afghans face in Iran

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May 06, 2017 - 18:58
KABUL (Pajhwok): “Iran considers non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) and cards issued to Afghan refugees and students living there as invalid.”
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Congressional bill seeks 2,500 new visas for Afghans

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May 02, 2017 - 08:03
KABUL (Pajhwok): An additional 2,500 visas for Afghan interpreters who worked alongside the US military will be created under a bill negotiated by lawmakers over the weekend. A US newspaper reported the bill, if passed, would benefit hundreds of...
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Baloch seeks more aid for returning Afghan refugees

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Apr 27, 2017 - 13:02
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has renewed its call for the creation of a favourable environment in Afghanistan for the return of refugees to their homeland. Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), asked the UN refugee agency and other...
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Return of Pakistani refugees from Khost set to resume

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Apr 20, 2017 - 08:56
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Displaced by a military offensive in the tribal region of Waziristan, thousands of Pakistani tribesmen are set to return from neighbouring Afghanistan. As a result of the 2014 operation in the restive tribal region, at least 7,...
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Afghan family of 5 granted residency status in US

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Apr 19, 2017 - 08:52
KABUL (Pajhwok): A five-member Afghan family has been granted permanent residency status in the United States, an American newspaper reported on Wednesday. Last month, the family had been detained by immigration officials for two days at the Los...
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Refugee elders may get Pakistani citizenship

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Apr 17, 2017 - 10:03
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has indicated Afghan refugee elders living in Pakistan for the last three decades may be granted citizenship. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra told participants of an event in Lahore on Sunday: “Elders of...
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Documented Afghans seek facilities from Pakistan

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Apr 13, 2017 - 18:23
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Afghan refugees living in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday said the ‘refugee card’ had no benefit except their identification.
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Iran expels 100,000 Afghan refugees last solar year

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Apr 09, 2017 - 18:28
HEART CITY (Pajhwok): Iran forcibly expelled more than 100,000 Afghans into western Herat province last solar year, local officials said on Sunday. Ahmad Javid Naadem, Herat’s refugees and repatriation director, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an...
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Pakistan mulls easing travel curbs for Afghan refugees

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Apr 04, 2017 - 12:58
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan considers allowing Afghan refugees entry on production of proof of registration cards, obviating the need for visas, Minister of State and Frontier Regions Abdul Qader Baloch says. Speaking to Afghan journalist here,...
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195 Afghan families return home via Torkham

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Apr 04, 2017 - 11:19
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Nearly 200 registered Afghan families returned to their country on Monday when the repatriation process resumed after a winter break, the United Nations says. During the harsh weather conditions in Afghanistan, the UNHCR-...
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Repatriation of refugees from Pakistan begins today

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Apr 03, 2017 - 08:32
KABUL (Pajhwok): The voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan resumes today (Monday), with 16,000 having applied for returning home from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A 50 percent reduction -- from $400 to $200 -- under the UNHCR’s...
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Voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from April 3

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Mar 29, 2017 - 22:35
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN refugee agency UNHCR-facilitated voluntary repatriation programme for registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan will resume on April 3. Duniya Aslam Khan, UNHCR spokesperson in Islamabad, in an email told Pajhwok Afghan News the...
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EU-Afghanistan joint working group on migration meet in Brussels

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Mar 28, 2017 - 16:54
KABUL (Pajhwok): Representatives from Afghanistan and the European Union (EU) have held the second meeting of the joint working group established to facilitate the implementation of the joint way forward on migration issues, a statement from EU...
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Waziristan refugees hail Afghan govt, people hospitality

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Mar 27, 2017 - 09:12
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Refugees from the Pakistan controlled tribal areas have said they would always remember the memories of their migration in southeastern Khost province. The repatriation process of tribal families had been launched and many were...
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