Eastern Afghanistan: Vulnerable Populations (8 Aug 2017)
Four of Afghanistan’s eastern provinces – Kabul, Kunar, Laghman, and Nangarhar – host over 1.7 million vulnerable Afghans: 1.04 million returnees and 697,607 internally displaced persons (IDPs). During a surge in returns from Pakistan in late 2016, the majority of returning Afghans entered at the Torkham border crossing in Nangarhar province, which hosts the largest number of last year’s returnees despite many claiming a different province of origin. Overall, Kabul district hosts the most returnees and IDPs of any district in Afghanistan.
In Bihsud, returnees and IDPs constitute over 60 percent of the district’s population. IDPs and returnees perceive employment, resources, and services to be more available in cities, yet urban and surrounding areas are struggling with rapid population growth.