Return of Undocumented Afghans - Weekly Situation Report (30 July - 5 August 2017)

Report
from International Organization for Migration
Published on 05 Aug 2017

Highlights

  • 1,985 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
  • 9,650 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
  • 79,822 total returns from Pakistan since 01 January 2017
  • 206,318 total returns from Iran since 01 January 2017
  • 96% of returnees from Pakistan (1,898 individuals) assisted
  • 3.5% of returnees from Iran (342 individuals) assisted

Situation Overview

IOM is responding to a substantial increase in the return of undocumented Afghans from Pakistan and Iran. Since 01 January 2017, over 286,000 undocumented Afghans have returned due to diverse push factors, including deteriorating protection space in Pakistan and Iran. This figure represents a significantly higher rate of return than in previous years. Most of those returning have lived outside of Afghanistan for decades, and will need support from the government and humanitarian actors both on arrival and as they seek to reintegrate. As the rate of return is influenced by a number of political, security and other related factors both in Afghanistan and neighboring countries, another surge in returns could occur at any time. IOM estimates that approximately 500,000 undocumented Afghans could return from Pakistan and Iran in 2017, and is working to scale up its support to returnees in coordination with the Government of Afghanistan and other humanitarian partners.

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