UNHCR Voluntary Repatriation Centre in KP continued to process scheduled families only. Repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan decreased by 66% during the week of 20 - 26 Nov. compared to the previous week. The Voluntary Repatriation Centre is expected to stop processing from 1 December. According to IOM, the return of undocumented Afghans also decreased by 18% from the previous week’s total of 5,056.
With the closure of UNHCR Voluntary Repatriation Centre in Balochistan and processing of only scheduled families in KP, repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan decreased by 83% during the week of 13 - 19 Nov. compared to last week. According to IOM, the return of undocumented Afghans decreased by 34% from the previous week’s total of 7,628. This trend is expected to continue until March 2017, following the winter season.
ISLAMABAD (19 November, 2016): Upon conclusion of a two-day visit to North Waziristan Agency, Neil Buhne United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan said he was impressed by progress made in returning people earlier displaced from their homes, and by the extensive rehabilitation and reconstruction work undertaken by civilian and military authorities. But he was humbled by the work that remained to be done for the hundreds of thousands of people to return to a normal life.
In the period from 4 to 10 November, 6,689 families returned to South Waziristan, North Waziristan and Orakzai Agencies.
Following the Return Task Force meeting on 4 November, Inter-cluster assessment mission to Kurram agency will be conducted between 14 and 16 November followed by mission to South Waziristan between 21 and 24 November 2016.
Repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan decreased significantly by 70% during the week of 6 - 12 Nov. compared to last week. Returns of registered Afghan refugees through Balochistan have been suspended for winter.
According to IOM, the return of undocumented Afghans decreased by 30% from the previous week’s total of 10,884.
Pakistan has faced a fragile security situation in the north-west region of the country since 2007, which triggered massive displacement from conflict affected areas. Following security operations, the government announced a phased return plan for all IDPs. Since March 2015, 187,678 families have been successfully facilitated to return to FATA, whilst 116,113 families still remain in displacement.
PHPF allocates US$7.4 million for FATA returns
Under the first standard allocation in 2016, the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) dispersed US$6 million for critical life-saving interventions to support return process in Kurram and Orakzai Agency. Some 323,853 returnees will receive assistance in shelter, health, education, WASH, protection and nutrition through 33 projects. Twenty one of these projects have already started. Approximately US$1.4 million is kept in reserve for an immediate respond to unforeseen emergencies.
Weekly repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan remained steady during the week of 16 - 22 Oct. with a slight increase of 7% from last week. According to IOM, the number of undocumented returns slightly decreased by 2% from the previous week’s total of 9,277.
Returns of registered Afghan refugees through Balochistan increased 56% from last week with 4,627 registered Afghans returning between 16 - 22 Oct.
Over 26,000 registered refugees repatriated to Afghanistan during the week of 9 - 15 Oct. a 34% decrease from last week due to public holidays on 11 and 12 October. According to IOM, the number of undocumented returns also decreased by 39% from the previous week’s total of 15,122. Returns of registered Afghan refugees through Balochistan decreased significantly with 2,975 registered Afghans returning between 9 - 15 Oct, a decrease of 56% from last week.