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14 Jun 2018 description

Main Activities

Repatriation

UNHCR Facilitated Voluntary Repatriation (VolRep) Programme UNHCR continues to facilitate voluntary repatriation of registered Afghan refugees from Pakistan, Iran and other countries in conditions of safety and dignity. The VolRep of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran is taking place under the Tripartite Agreements with the respective Governments and UNHCR. The Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR) remains the regional framework for Afghan refugees (Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan).

12 Jun 2018 description

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/11 and Security Council resolution 2405 (2018), in which the Secretary-General was requested to report every three months on developments in Afghanistan.

  2. The report provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Afghanistan, including political, humanitarian, development and human rights efforts, since the issuance of the previous report, on 27 February 2018 (A/72/768–S/2018/165).

08 Jun 2018 description

KARAK: The local residents on Thursday protested acute water shortage flaying the public health engineering department for failing to restore a water scheme damaged and washed away by flash floods last year.

The protesters, who belonged to Rehmatabad, Sikot, Tordhand and Sorti Kalay areas, gathered in Ahmadwala area here to demonstrate.

03 Jun 2018 description
  • As of 30 May, 7,144 registered refugees have returned to Afghanistan from neighboring and non-neighboring countries (6,566 from Pakistan).
  • As of 20 May, 114,995 individuals have been newly displaced by conflict in 2018 and profiled by OCHA as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in need.
  • As of 30 April, 78,210 Pakistani refugees from North-Waziristan Agency have been biometrically registered in Khost province and verified in Paktika province.

Key Updates

31 May 2018 description

SITUATION

  • In recent years, Pakistan has become a food surplus country and a major producer of wheat and rice. Following three consecutive years of good harvests, food availability is relatively stable, according to the UN. However, the poorest and most vulnerable members of the population cannot afford a sufficient and nutritious diet despite the overall growth in food production.

25 May 2018 description

Karishma clearly remembers the first day of training at Roshni Rehabilitation and Welfare Organization: she was sitting behind a sewing machine with 15 other women, some with disabilities and some having children with disabilities. However, all of them had an eager spark in their eyes to learn the art of stitching and embroidery over the next three months.

10 May 2018 description

KEY INDICATORS

1,731 Registered intentions to seek asylum in Serbia

23% of registered refugees and migrants were minors

35 Applications for asylum

3 Persons granted refugee status

2 Persons granted subsidiary protection

07 May 2018 description

As at 24 April, 4,040 registered refugees have returned to Afghanistan from neighboring and non-neighboring countries (3,640 from Pakistan).

As at 15 April, 72,851 individuals have been newly displaced by conflict in 2018 and profiled by OCHA as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in need.

As at 31 March, 76,925 Pakistani refugees from North-Waziristan Agency have been biometrically registered in Khost province and verified in Paktika province.

Main Activities

Repatriation

07 May 2018 description

By Naseem Sahar, Norwegian Red Cross

In the 1980s, Juma Khan was one of five million Afghans who fled the war with the Soviet Union, seeking refuge in Iran, Pakistan and other countries.

Thirty years later, he and his family of ten are back from Pakistan. But they can’t return to their original home in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province, where there’s now active conflict between government forces and the Taliban and Daesh (Islamic State). Instead they have returned to Herat province, in the West of Afghanistan.

04 May 2018 description
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Key figures:

  • 184,612 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)1 368,583 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 -March 2018)

  • 52,031 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya

  • 9,408 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018

  • 486 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018 1,006 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018 (including for evacuations) 1,342 vulnerable refugees and asylumseekers evacuated since November 2017

04 May 2018 description

In Numbers

54,063 people displaced by conflict since 1 January 2018

5,500mt of food assistance and US$119,000 cash based transfers distributed

US$20.9 m six months (Apr-Sept 2018) net funding requirements, representing 34% of total

Operational Updates

  • The Government of Pakistan has permitted over 2.3 million Afghan nationals residing in Pakistan to stay there until 30 June, further delaying an increase in returns and postponing the pressure of the humanitarian system in Afghanistan.

04 May 2018 description

Athens – Today (04/05) IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reported that more than 10,000 migrants returned voluntarily and safely to their home countries from Greece between June 2016 and April 2018, with nearly 2,500 eligible migrants receiving targeted reintegration support.

IOM assisted with a total 10,576 voluntary returns to 84 countries and territories over the 20-month period, through an EU and Greece-funded Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme.

03 May 2018 description

2017 IN REVIEW

HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT

In 2017, the Pakistan Humanitarian Strategic Plan focused on the returning displaced population, paying specific attention to vulnerable groups, and on the remaining 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Malnutrition among affected populations was prioritized, and the Humanitarian Country Team continued to strengthen preparedness for large-scale natural disasters.

02 May 2018 description

By Rina Chandran

BANGKOK, April 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Refugees in India's western state of Maharashtra have been granted land ownership rights 70 years after fleeing what is now Pakistan, when the countries were violently partitioned at independence, officials said.

The move is part of a wider push to give more rights to certain refugee groups in different parts of India.

01 May 2018 description

By Pazir Gul

MIRAMSHAH: Terming the mainstreaming of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) a must for its long-term progress and prosperity, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday that the government was working to achieve the task in line with the aspirations of tribal people.

Mr Abbasi along with Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Miramshah and Ghulam Khan areas of North Waziristan Agency.

30 Apr 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Nearly 213,000 undocumented Afghans return from Iran and Pakistan

• Increasing violence results in approximately 2,300 civilian casualties from January to March

• USG provides nearly $62 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to acute needs across Afghanistan in FY 2018

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

30 Apr 2018 description

This booklet features a collection of stories that reflects the widespread work of ADPC across Asia and the Pacific and beyond. It not only showcases ADPC's extensive work to achieve its vision of safer communities and sustainable development through disaster risk reduction but also governments' commitment, partners' support, and the courage of people in disaster-prone nations.

26 Apr 2018 description

By Nasir Iqbal | Nisar Ahmad Khan

ISLAMABAD/ MANSEHRA: The Sup­reme Court was told on Wednesday that the 1,640 projects planned for the rehabilitation of the survivors of the 2005 earthquake could not be completed due to a shortage of funds.