Afghanistan: Voluntary Repatriation Update - January 2019
15,699 AFGHAN REFUGEES RETURNED IN 2018
In December 2018, UNHCR facilitated the return to Afghanistan of a total of 159 Afghan refugees, including 99 from Iran, 51 from Pakistan, and 9 from India. This figure is 82% lower than the 904 refugees who returned in November.
UNHCR’s facilitated voluntary repatriation programme from Pakistan will remain suspended from 1 December 2018 until 28 February 2019 due to the winter season. Returns from Iran will continue throughout the winter.
Over the course of 2018 returns from Pakistan (13,584) were 76% lower compared to the 57,411 refugees who returned in 2017. There were no major changes in the return trends from Iran and other countries.