Pakistan: Afghan Refugees Registration Update | As of 31st of August, 2018

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Aug 2018 View Original

Overview

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 September 2018*.

Four PoR Card Modification (PCM) centres - located in Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi and Rawalpindi support the modification/replacement of existing cards, the registration of new born children up to the age of five, the provision of PoR cards to registered children who have reached five years of age and who are now entitled to their own cards, as well as the issuance of birth certificates to children under the age of 18.

As of March, 2018 Lahore PCM centre has suspended its activities and the centre has been closed effective from 5 March 2018.

In 2018, the target for UNHCR’s prioritized funds for the registration of 90,000 new births has been revised to 50,000 births as a low trend of Afghan approaching PCM centre was observed during first half of the year. This may be attributed to the improved protection space for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
The target for the issuance of birth certificates has also been revised from 90,000 to 50,000 birth certificates whereas the target for the issuance of individuals with PoR cards has been revised from 130,000 children to 90,000 children who have reached five years of age and are eligible to receive their individual cards from the PCM centres.**

A total of 4,460 applicants availed themselves of the PCM centre services in August 2018 compared to 4,360 applicants in July 2018, a slight increase (2%) in activities has been observed at all PCM centres countrywide. This is attributed to the ongoing MRV operations in far flung areas of Pakistan.

_*PoR cards have been extended until the end of September 2018 by the Federal Cabinet in its meeting of 30 June 2018, pending SAFRON submission of a Repatriation plan at which time a further extension will also be considered. _