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22 Apr 2018 description

One of the main drivers of humanitarian needs in Afghanistan in 2018 was displacement due to conflict with more than half a million people forced from their homes due to fighting. Many of these people remain in displacement across the country, as conflict prevents them from returning to their areas of origin.

Almost 11,600 Afghan citizens returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan in 2018. While the number of returnees is less than the same period last year, a larger influx from Pakistan is expected in the second half of the year.

21 Apr 2018 description

Purpose

The aim of the mapping of social safety nets (SSN) was to explore the potential for alignment between humanitarian cash assistance and SSN in forced displacement situations. It considered various aspects of SSN, including programme design, targeting and the legal and regulatory framework. The mapping categorised 18 countries based on the opportunities and challenges with including refugees in the national social safety nets.

Rationale

20 Apr 2018 description

In March, just over 4,400 refugees and migrants entered Europe via Italy,
Greece and Spain. Arrivals to Greece (1,250 versus 2,400) increased by almost 100% while arrivals through routes to Spain (1,500 versus 1,300) and Italy (1,050 versus 1,060) remained consistent with the previous month. In the first three months of the year some 16,640 refugees and migrants arrived to Europe by sea compared to nearly 31,000 that arrived in the same period last year, marking a 106% decrease.

19 Apr 2018 description

Repatriation of registered Afghan refugees figures were similar to 636 refugees that repatriated between 1 and 7 April 2018. Return of undocumented Afghans decreased slightly compared to last week’s figure of 1,003.

Some 94% (938 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance while 98% (624 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.

18 Apr 2018 description

Key findings

Nine Advice and Legal Aid Centres (ALAC) are operational in the main refugee-hosting areas of four provinces in order to provide free legal support to persons of concern: four in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), one in Sindh and three in Punjab and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) through partnership agreements with SHARP and one in Baluchistan run by SEHER.[1]

17 Apr 2018 description

Key issues

• In the past week, some 6,600 people have reportedly been newly displaced by conflict.

• Nearly 22,500 Afghan citizens returned to their home country in the past week.

Countrywide conflict displacement

17 Apr 2018 description
  • In March, UNHCR and partners under its project had provided over 12,800 community-based protection services, including over 10,000 interpretation and legal counselling/info services, over 450 referrals to medical, social welfare, legal registration and other forms of assistance, provided psychosocial and psychological support in over 220 instances, non-formal educational activities and other protection interventions at over 23 sites throughout Serbia.

16 Apr 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals – March: 389
Total (observed) arrivals - February: 260

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - March: 36
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - February: 27

Total occupancy of government centres – end March: 3,500
Total occupancy of government centres - end February: 3,800

Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end March: 3,900
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end February: 4,100

13 Apr 2018 description

Repatriation of registered Afghan refugees decreased slightly this week compared to 676 refugees that repatriated between 25 and 31 March 2018. Return of undocumented Afghans increased slightly compared to last week’s figure of 987. Some 96% (963 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance while 95% (606 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.