In the period from 4 to 10 November, 6,689 families returned to South Waziristan, North Waziristan and Orakzai Agencies.
Following the Return Task Force meeting on 4 November, Inter-cluster assessment mission to Kurram agency will be conducted between 14 and 16 November followed by mission to South Waziristan between 21 and 24 November 2016.
Repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan decreased significantly by 70% during the week of 6 - 12 Nov. compared to last week. Returns of registered Afghan refugees through Balochistan have been suspended for winter.
According to IOM, the return of undocumented Afghans decreased by 30% from the previous week’s total of 10,884.
Pakistan has faced a fragile security situation in the north-west region of the country since 2007, which triggered massive displacement from conflict affected areas. Following security operations, the government announced a phased return plan for all IDPs. Since March 2015, 187,678 families have been successfully facilitated to return to FATA, whilst 116,113 families still remain in displacement.
PHPF allocates US$7.4 million for FATA returns
Under the first standard allocation in 2016, the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) dispersed US$6 million for critical life-saving interventions to support return process in Kurram and Orakzai Agency. Some 323,853 returnees will receive assistance in shelter, health, education, WASH, protection and nutrition through 33 projects. Twenty one of these projects have already started. Approximately US$1.4 million is kept in reserve for an immediate respond to unforeseen emergencies.
Weekly repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan remained steady during the week of 16 - 22 Oct. with a slight increase of 7% from last week. According to IOM, the number of undocumented returns slightly decreased by 2% from the previous week’s total of 9,277.
Returns of registered Afghan refugees through Balochistan increased 56% from last week with 4,627 registered Afghans returning between 16 - 22 Oct.
Over 26,000 registered refugees repatriated to Afghanistan during the week of 9 - 15 Oct. a 34% decrease from last week due to public holidays on 11 and 12 October. According to IOM, the number of undocumented returns also decreased by 39% from the previous week’s total of 15,122. Returns of registered Afghan refugees through Balochistan decreased significantly with 2,975 registered Afghans returning between 9 - 15 Oct, a decrease of 56% from last week.
The return of over 39,000 registered refugees during the week of 2 - 8 Oct. shows a 12% increase from previous week’s return of 35,344. According to IOM, the number of undocumented returns increased significantly by 53% from the previous week’s total of 9,884. Returns of registered Afghan refugees through Balochistan continued to increase with 6,721 registered Afghans returning between 2 - 8 Oct, an increase of 37% from last week.
The return of over 35,000 registered refugees during the week of 25 Sep-1 Oct. shows a 16% increase from previous week’s return of 30,568. According to IOM, the number of undocumented returns decreased by 16% from the previous week’s total of 11,873. Returns of registered Afghan refugees through Balochistan increased significantly with 4,916 registered Afghans returning between 25 Sep - 1 Oct, an increase of 123%.
25 Sep - 1 Oct, 2016
Registered Afghan Returnees 35,344
Undocumented Afghan Returnees 9,884
The return of over 30,000 registered refugees during the week of 18-24 Sep. shows a significant increase from the previous week’s return of 7,539 individuals. Likewise,the number of undocumented returns represents a five-fold increase over the previous week. This is likely due to the end of the Eid holiday.
18- 24 Sep, 2016
- Registered Afghan Returnees: 30,568
- Undocumented Afghan Returnees: 11,873
1 Jan- 24 Sep, 2016
- Registered Afghan Returnees: 154,988
- Undocumented Afghan Returnees: 157,663
In the period from 16 to 22 September, 2,294 families have returned to South Waziristan, Khyber and North Waziristan Agencies.
According to FDMA, the final phase of South Waziristan Agency returns will begin shortly, with the denotification of 110 villages, followed by the return of approximately 40,000 families.