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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.
Trafficking in persons, also known as modern slavery or human trafficking, is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Where a person younger than 18 is induced to perform a commercial sex act, it is a crime regardless of whether there is any force, fraud, or coercion. Victims can be anyone from around the world or right next door: women and men, adults and children, citizens and noncitizens alike.
Approximately 12 million people lived in protracted refugee situations* around the world at the end of 2015, comprising nearly two-thirds of the global refugee population. A protracted refugee situation exists when 25,000 or more refugees originating from the same country have sought refuge in another country for at least five consecutive years.
*These numbers include people in a refugee-like situation
At least one million vulnerable people are on the move in Afghanistan this year. On top of the existing 5 million refugee returnees since 2002, this year more than 550,000 Afghans are returning migrants and refugees from Pakistan, while another 485,000 are conflict induced internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Refugees receive UNHCR assistance at encashment centers, but returnees and IDPs are particularly vulnerable in Nangarhar, Kunduz,Helmand, and Kabul, where the urban poor and IDPs already strain resources.
In March and early April, extraordinarily heavy, pre-monsoon rains fell in northern Pakistan, including areas for hosted as well as returning internally displaced persons (IDPs). Despite the rains, the government returned 16,000 families to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in April. While over 300,000 families were registered as internally displaced last year, almost half have returned to their places of origin. Pakistan plans to complete return of the remaining IDPs by the end of 2016.
Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU is implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available unclassified data as of March 4, 2016.
Winter highlights the geographically complicated nature of the enduring humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Despite forecasts for a mild winter in some areas, conflict-induced internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees, and victims of the 26 October earthquake face distinct challenges as near-daily freezing temperatures settle in for much of the country during the core winter wet season, December – February. According to UNHCR, of over 1.1 million IDPs in Afghanistan, one quarter were newly displaced in 2015 and therefore less adapted and more vulnerable than existing IDPs.
Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU has begun implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece, while efforts to increase reception and temporary shelter capacity in Balkan states continue. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available data as of December 14, 2015.
This map, prepared for World Humanitarian Day 2015, shows the generalized subnational areas around the world of limited humanitarian access and security due to conflict in 2014 – 2015, as well as a bar chart showing the trend of increased attacks on humanitarian aid workers since 2000.
4.3 million people newly displaced sets new displacement in a single year at a historic high. In 2011, there were 3.5 million new internally displaced persons (IDPs), a 20% increase from 2010, and more than 800,000 new refugees, the highest number in more than a decade. The countries experiencing the highest levels of displacement were: Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, South Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen. Due to new conicts and humanitarian emergencies, the total number of people forcibly displaced worldwide exceeds 42 million for the fth consecutive year.
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10.3 million people live in protracted refugee situations in 30 countries, comprising two-thirds of the global refugee population. A protracted refugee situation exists when 25,000 or more refugees originating from the same country have sought refuge in another country for at least five consecutive years.
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