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Tougher measures on visits home sees many Afghan refugees leaving Pakistan

Afghan refugees returning home from Pakistan (Credit: United States Agency for International Development)

By: Eastern Eye Staff

OVER five times the number of Afghan refugees returned home from Pakistan in August than in July, the United Nations’ refugee office said on Tuesday (September 6), seeking to escape stiffer measures on visits home and harassment in the host nation. Pakistan is home to the world’s second-largest refugee population, including 2.5 million Afghans, with many refugees living there since the Soviet Union invaded their country in 1979. But the UN High Commission for Refugees said 67,057 refugees were permanently repatriated from Pakistan in August 2016, up from 12,962 the month before and just 1,250 in June. Until recently Afghan…

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