Return of Undocumented Afghans - Weekly Situation Report (29 July - 4 August 2018)

Report
from International Organization for Migration
Published on 04 Aug 2018 View Original

Highlights

463,157 total returns from Iran and Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018

442,344 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018

20,813 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018

19,513 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

954 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

5% of returnees from Iran (889 individuals) assisted

89% of returnees from Pakistan (853 individuals) assisted

Situation Overview

Since 01 January 2018, IOM is responding to the return of over 442,000 undocumented Afghans from Pakistan and Iran. Undocumented returns from Iran in particular are seeing a massive increase of more than 200,000 in 2018 to over 402,000 total versus 187,000 in 2017. Largely driven by recent political and economic issues in Iran including massive currency devaluation. As Afghans primarily work in the informal economy in Iran the demand for this type of work is drastically reduced. Further as all Afghans typically send home their earnings in the form of monthly remittances, the Afghan economy itself, already evident in the drought affected provinces of Herat, Badghis and Ghor, is suffering direct and immediate effects.

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