Afghanistan: Protection Cluster Monthly Update (January to March 2019)
From January to March 2019, 62,242 individuals fled their homes due to conflict. 22 out of 34 provinces have recorded some level of forced displacement, while 19 provinces are hosting IDPs. 58 % of IDPs are children, facing additional risks due to the flight and plight of the displacement, including child recruitment, child labour and increased GBV risks. According to OCHA, 16.5 % IDPs are displaced in hard to reach areas. Top hosting provinces are: Kunar (18,528 ind.), Takhar (9,562 ind.), Sar-i-Pul (9,548 ind.), Faryab (4,613 ind.), Kunduz (3,689 ind), Nangrahar (2,235 ind.), Balkh (2,226 ind) and Farah (2,051 ind.)
Return to Afghanistan:
As of 01 January to March 2019, 1,049 refugee returnees have returned and were assisted with repatriation grant. A total of 4,848 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan and 95,132 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran countrywide.10% (686 individuals) undocumented returned from Iran and 90% (602 individuals) from Pakistan were assisted by IOM during March 24 to 30,2019.