Pakistan: Humanitarian Dashboard - Afghan Refugees (as of 15 Feb 2014)


Pakistan currently hosts 1.61 million registered Afghan refugees, 37 per cent of whom live in 76 refugee villages, of which 75 are located along the borders with Afghanistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. UNHCR in close coordination with the Government of Pakistan has commenced the issuance of renewed Proof of Registration (PoR) cards to 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Since the launch of the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme in 2009, the Government of Pakistan, UN agencies and GiZ have carried out 2,027 projects for the benefit of some 4 million people, of whom 15 per cent are Afghan refugees. These projects are undertaken in 41 districts in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces and five agencies in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). These initiatives cover health, education, water and sanitation, community infrastructure (including irrigation and farm-to-market roads), environment and, to a limited extent, livelihoods sectors. Urban development was included in 2013.

Since 2002, UNHCR has facilitated the return of 3.8 million registered Afghans from Pakistan in the world's largest voluntary repatriation operation. Some 31,224 refugees (6,318 families) returned in 2013.

Due to funding constraints, UNHCR is compelled to reconsider its care and maintenance assistance in refugee villages, especially for education, health and reproductive health services as well as water and sanitation needs.

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