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|2020 planning figures|
|54,000||primary school aged children will be enrolled in primary education|
|11,730||people of concern will benefit from vocational/technical skills training in enrolling in formal national institutions for certified skills training|
|30||health facilities will be equipped, constructed or rehabilitated|
|2018 year-end results|
|100%||of refugees had access to primary health care|
|100%||of targeted household basic needs were met with multi-cash grants|
|53,320||refugee children were enrolled in primary education|
|50,970||identity cards were issued to people of concern|
|4,040||people of concern were enrolled in formal national institutions for certified skills training|
People of Concern
Working environmentUNHCR’s ability to facilitate voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees, and to preserve protection space in Pakistan, will largely depend on the evolving situation in Afghanistan, including the outcomes of the 2019 presidential elections, the peace talks with Taliban, potential drawdown of the US and NATO forces, and the internal dialogue and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
While the Government of Pakistan took important steps to implement the 2017 Comprehensive Policy on Voluntary Repatriation and Management of Afghan Nationals, the Prime Minister called for more comprehensive, rights-based and solutions-oriented responses to the refugee situation. This progressive approach was reflected in the 2019 decision to allow Afghan refugees to open bank accounts in Pakistan. UNHCR will support the Government of Pakistan in further enhancing economic inclusion and contribution of refugees, including by enabling their access to SIM cards, driving licenses and ownership of assets.
UNHCR will support the Government of Pakistan in the implementation of its policy, including: i) the enactment of the national refugee law; ii) a more long-term and predictable extension of the Proof of Registration (PoR) cards and Tripartite Agreement; iii) implementation of the flexible visa regime for PoR card holders. While UNHCR works with the Government of Pakistan to ensure that the visa regime incorporates essential protection safeguards, progress will depend on the ability of the Government of Afghanistan to start issuing Afghan passports in Pakistan.
UNHCR will seek to capitalize on the Global Compact on Refugees to advocate for greater international responsibility-sharing, with emphasis on RAHA.
Key prioritiesIn Pakistan, UNHCR has three strategic priorities which aim to foster gradual and stronger inclusion of UNHCR’s persons of concern into national policies, planning and service delivery.
UNHCR will continue to facilitate voluntary repatriation as the preferred (regional) durable solution for Afghan refugees; the Government of Pakistan-conceived flexible-visa regime is expected to be functioning, and resettlement will continue to be available only for the most urgent and emergency refugee cases.
UNHCR aims to work more closely with the Government of Pakistan on adoption of the national refugee law and will continue to diversify/reinforce partnerships and sensitize the authorities and communities at federal and provincial levels. It will support refugees to access asylum (including protection from refoulement), legal aid, registration and documentation. Strategic community-based protection orientation will be reinforced/refined, leading to enhanced community resilience and further consolidated UNHCR field presence/outreach in both refugee and host communities. A stronger focus on SGBV, child protection and people with specific needs will prevent/reduce protection risks and improve quality of response. The drive to bring refugees closer to the existing services (i.e. health and education) will remain a priority next to livelihoods and skill building interventions. UNHCR will also deepen its advocacy engagement with the Government of Pakistan on protection/prevention actions and on Pakistan’s accession to the statelessness conventions.
UNHCR will continue to reinforce and diversify its links and partnerships with the Government, civil society, the UN, academia, traditional and non-traditional donors and the private sector, as well as refugee and hosting communities in order to foster operational synergies essential to link refugee protection, assistance and solutions work in the spirit of the regional SSAR and the Global Compact on Refugees.