Over 1 million Afghan refugees have returned to their country of origin. This is the largest influx of refugees returning to Afghanistan since the Taliban regime fell in 2011. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), one-fifth of refugees returned involuntarily from neighbouring Pakistan and Iran. As security deteriorated last year, more than 200,000 Afghans […]PublishedNovember 30th, 2016 Author Legacy
Hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees in Europe, Pakistan and Iran are being forced to return to their country of origin by the European Union (EU), UN agencies and governments in the region. The flow of returning refugees from neighbouring Iran and Pakistan is estimated by the United Nations to number more than half a […]PublishedOctober 25th, 2016 Author Legacy
By Jessica Harn Resident Researcher, Neo-Jihadism & Transitional Challenges In the beginning of October, Kabul signed a historic peace agreement with the controversial Hezb-i-Islami group, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Hezb-i-Islami was founded in 1975, claiming to be the Islamic representation in Afghanistan in the fight against the Communist government during the Cold War. Its early […]PublishedOctober 23rd, 2016 Author Legacy
Only a third of the total number of Afghan refugees in Iraq are UN-registered as the Iranian authorities have not provided all of them with the opportunity to legally claim asylum. Those born within Iran’s borders do holding UN-recognise refugee status; however, they lack many of the rights granted to Iranian Citizens. A large number of […]PublishedOctober 20th, 2016 Author Legacy
The number of people internally displaced by conflict in Afghanistan doubled to 1.2 million in the past three years. Afghanistan is currently one of the largest source of refugees in the world, with approximately 2.6 million Afghan citizens having fled the country. However, a large number of people forced to flee their homes due violence remained […]PublishedOctober 10th, 2016 Author Legacy
Despite the unstable situation in Afghanistan, almost 600,000 refugees in Pakistan are expected to return to their country of origin by March 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, extended the stay of Afghan refugees in his country by three months after a previously issued deadline. Accordingly, […]PublishedSeptember 12th, 2016 Author Legacy
On September 7th, UNICEF released a new report “Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children” reflecting on the growing crisis for refugee and migrant children and presenting data on the lives and situation of millions of children and families affected by violent conflict. The agency points out that across the globe nearly 50 […]PublishedSeptember 12th, 2016 Author Legacy
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