Operation: Opération: Pakistan



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Key Figures

2019 planning figures
70,000 refugee children will be registered and issued with documentation under regular birth registration process
60,000 people of concern will receive legal assistance
50,000 refugee children will be enrolled in primary school
35,000 people of concern will have be served by water system
15 units of hospital facilities equipped and rehabilitated
2017 year-end results
100% of people of concern had access to national primary health care
52,760 children were registered and issued documentation under regular birth registration procedures
52,550 children were enrolled in primary education
60  education facilities were constructed or improved
20 litres of potable water was made available per person per day

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2017 1,852,650
2016 2,510,749
2015 3,390,353


[["Refugees",1393143],["Asylum-seekers",3496],["IDPs",174354],["Returned IDPs",281640],["Returned refugees",17]]
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Year-end Overview

Working environment

After nearly four decades of protracted displacement, Pakistan still hosts over 1.3 million registered Afghan refugees, holders of Proof of Registration (PoR) cards.  The Solutions Strategy for Afghan refugees to support voluntary repatriation, sustainable reintegration and assistance to host countries (SSAR) remains the overarching framework for solutions to Afghan displacement.

While over 370,000 Afghan refugees repatriated in 2016, by contrast the magnitude of return is expected to be less in 2017, with some 55,000 people having returned as of end October.
In February 2017, the Federal Cabinet approved the National Plan on Voluntary Repatriation and Management of Afghan nationals that initiates a flexible visa regime for different categories of Afghans and commits to adopt a national refugee legislation. In line with this policy, the Government also launched a six-month programme to register undocumented Afghans residing in Pakistan.
The Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme, another key element of the SSAR, will continue to provide enhanced support to host communities and promote peaceful co-existence.

UNHCR and partners are also planning for the return of people who were displaced from North Waziristan in Pakistan in 2014 and remained in Afghanistan. 

Key priorities

In 2018, UNHCR will focus on:
  • Facilitating voluntary repatriation in close collaboration with the Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan;
  • Community-based protection interventions, with a focus on access to services, furthermore UNHCR will work with the authorities and all stakeholders to enhance access of refugees to national public services, in particular health and education;
  • Providing legal assistance to Afghan refugees in ten Advice and Legal Aid Centers (ALAC) and supporting NADRA, the national registration agency, in birth registration and modification of PoR card services;
  • Enhancing its outreach to host communities to strengthen social cohesion and acceptance of refugees, using the RAHA platform;
  • Supporting the Government in the process of enactment of the national refugee legislation and capacitating the structures responsible for its implementation;
  • Engaging with the World Bank to support solutions and provide assistance to refugees and host communities.