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Afghanistan: Pakistan Deports Over 500 Afghan Refugees

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on Tuesday announced that Pakistan has expelled some 531 Afghan refugees, including women and children.

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on Tuesday in a tweet said that Afghan returnees entered the country through the Spin Boldak crossing point in Southern Kandahar province on Sunday and Monday respectively.

The ministry further added that returnees were introduced to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to receive necessary aid.

After the Taliban seized power in August 2021, thousands of Afghans fearing persecution and death threats fled Afghanistan to the neighboring countries of Iran and Pakistan in search of security and job opportunities.

Over the past months, Taliban officials have reported that thousands of Afghan citizens have returned to the country either forcefully or willingly from Iran and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistani police has arrested hundreds of Afghan nationals for failing to provide legal stay permits (Visas) from Islamabad, Rawalpindi and other major cities in the past week.

Recently, both Pakistan and Iran have continuously incarcerated and deported Afghan migrants to the country on a daily basis. The humanitarian crisis accompanied by economic challenges in Afghanistan has forced Afghans to migrate to the neighboring countries for years.

Whereas, in the host countries, Afghan refugees face numerous challenges including legal status issues, unemployment, uncertainty and harassment from the police.