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On 18 June 2018, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) released its 2017 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union. In 2017, there were 728,470 applications for international protection in the EU. This figure represents a decrease of 44% compared to 2016, when there were almost 1.3 million applications, while provisional data for early 2018 (January - April) shows that application levels have stabilised at an average of less than 50,000 per month.
By Chayanit Itthipongmaetee, Staff Reporter
BANGKOK — A tiny room is bedroom, living room, kitchen and storage combined. At the end of a stained bedsheet, an old CRT television lies on the floor. Above worn wooden cabinets are three large suitcases piled up to the ceiling. Water bottles, utensils and kitchenware are stacked on a low, plastic table.
6,861 Afghan registered refugees (PoR cardholders) repatriated to Afghanistan from 1 March – 31 May 2018.
11,985 Afghan refugee births registered from 1 January – 31 May 2018.
1,212 IDP individuals (202 families) returned to their areas of origin in Pakistan since 1 January 2018.
Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (2018 – 2019)
Overview of Voluntary Repatriation from Pakistan to Afghanistan
Proof of Registration (PoR) card is an important protection tool that provides temporary legal stay and freedom of movement for the 1.39 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. PoR cards which have expired at the end of 2015 have been extended through official notification until 30 June 2018*.
Nine Advice and Legal Aid Centres (ALAC) are operational in the main refugeehosting areas of four provinces and 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 Balochistan run by SEHER.
In order to systematically monitor positive and negative factors in the context of voluntary repatriation, UNHCR Pakistan compiles a bimonthly note, and informs the key stakeholders about protection trends. This report also assists to raise any protection concerns formally and consistently.
Summary of Events
The Community Based Protection (CBP) and Urban Outreach Strategy (2017-2019) for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan was endorsed in July 2017. The overall goal of the CBP and Outreach Strategy is for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan to be empowered and their resilient capacity strengthened, enabling them to minimize their exposure to protection risks and improve their overall protection environment, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.
The four key priorities of the strategy covers:
Repatriation of registered Afghan refugees decreased by 32% compared to 97 refugees that repatriated between 27 May and 2 June 2018. Return of undocumented Afghans was 15% less than last week’s figure of 252.
Some 97% (208 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance while 100% (66 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.
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).
Kuwait, June 13 (BNA): Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) Secretary General Maha Al-Barjas said that volunteer teams are spread in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Yemen, the Philippines, Lebanon, Pakistan and Bangladesh to help those affected by natural or man-made disasters.
In a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Al-Barjas said that KRCS intensified its efforts and support during the holy month of Ramadan for those affected and needy to alleviate their suffering.
She stressed the importance of highlighting the pioneering role of Kuwait in the humanitarian field.
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The Peoples under Threat ranking highlights countries most at risk of genocide and mass killing. The ranking is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing.
The threat of mass killing, genocide and other violence is rising in countries where governments are resorting to repressive measures to suffocate dissent, according to new data analysis by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights.
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.
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).
UNHCR and partners noted an increase in the number newly arriving refugees, asylumseekers and migrants to Serbia. During the last two weeks we encountered and assisted 697, three times the number (230) during the preceding two weeks. 73% arrived irregularly from fYR Macedonia (up from 55% two weeks ago), 11% from Bulgaria (up from 4%), and only 6% by air (down from 31%). 69% were adult men, 9% adult women and 22% children. Most originated from Pakistan (39%), Iraq (22%), or Afghanistan (20%), few from Iran (9%) or Syria (3%).
Key issues in the past week:
• Conflict forced 8,600 people from their homes across the country, according to initial reports.
• More than 9,500 people returned Afghanistan from abroad during the past week.
• 244 survivors of Gender Based Violence were assisted by Cluster-partners.
• More than 40,000 people received aid across the country from some 20 humanitarian partners.
Countrywide conflict displacement
213 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
9,162 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
15,325 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018
335,604 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018
98% of returnees from Pakistan (208 individuals) assisted
4% of returnees from Iran (324 individuals) assisted
128 Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC) from Iran and 2 UMC from Pakistan were assisted.
42 Medical Cases (MC) from Iran assisted
Return from Iran
UNHCR Serbia and partners under its programme continued to observe new arrivals in 2018: both irregular movements through green borders as well as by air to Belgrade airport. Below charts show the arrival trend from the beginning of 2017 through April 2018 by country of transit and by nationality.