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Pakistan hosts 1.61 million registered Afghan refugees

24 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan still hosts over 1.61 million registered Afghan refugees, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, said a document of UNHCR.

Since March 2002, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has facilitated the return of almost 3.8 million registered Afghan refugees from the country.

An official of UNHCR said thanks to the generous support provided by the Government of Pakistan, some refugee villages in the provinces of Balochistan, KP and Punjab are established on government-owned land; refugee children have access to public schools; and refugees have access to public health clinic.

Responding to a question, he said UNHCR assists 1.61 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, 592,648 of whom live in 81 refugee villages.

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