Government and UN launch new Information Management System for Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas programme

Government and UN launch new Information Management System for Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas programme

Press Release ISLAMABAD, 16 December, 2014: In an effort to ensure more sustainable transparency and accountability in Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) projects, the Unite ...

Teacher’s vision brings education to hundreds in Pakistani refugee village

Teacher’s vision brings education to hundreds in Pakistani refugee village

News Stories, 8 December 2014 MIANWALI, Pakistan, December 8 (UNHCR) – When Aqeela started her teaching career 22 years ago in northern Pakistan, the toughest and most important le ...

16 Days of Activism: Afghan girl embraces new beginning after escaping forced marriage

16 Days of Activism: Afghan girl embraces new beginning after escaping forced marriage

News Stories, 5 December 2014 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, December 5 (UNHCR) – When her abusive, drug addict father told Zakia* that she must marry a man twice her age, the then 15-year-o ...

UNHCR and partners launches “16 Days of Activism” campaign against gender violence

UNHCR and partners launches “16 Days of Activism” campaign against gender violence

Press Release 25  November 2014 ISLAMABAD – As the world marks the “International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women” the UN refugee agency pledges a renewed commitment to add ...

Helping three-year-old Afghan refugee to escape an early marriage

Helping three-year-old Afghan refugee to escape an early marriage

Feature Story LAHORE, Pakistan 24 November, 2014 (UNHCR) — On a foggy morning on the edge of Lahore, a gathering of Afghan refugee women and girls were chatting and giggling. The o ...

The challenge of life in their Afghan homeland for children born in exile

The challenge of life in their Afghan homeland for children born in exile

News Stories, 20 November 2014 KABUL, Afghanistan, November 20 (UNHCR) – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 25 years ago today to protect children ...

UNHCR urges Afghan refugees to renew their PoR cards to retain refugee status

UNHCR urges Afghan refugees to renew their PoR cards to retain refugee status

Press Release ISLAMABAD: The UN refugee agency urges all Afghan refugees, who hold Proof of Registration (PoR) cards that have expired by 31 December 2012 and who have not yet coll ...

UNHCR in Pakistan: An enduring partnership

UNHCR’s priority in Pakistan is to achieve lasting solutions for one of the largest and most protracted refugee situations in the world. Pakistan continues to host approximately 1.7 million refugees. Most are from Afghanistan and live in refugee villages and urban areas. Since March 2002, UNHCR has facilitated the return of approximately 3.7 million registered Afghans from Pakistan. Our history of working with the Government of Pakistan stretches back more than thirty years when the first wave of Afghan refugees entered the country following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Throughout that time, our key government partner has been the Ministry for States and Frontier Regions. In 2012, UNHCR will support the government in the implementation of its Afghan Management and Repatriation strategy and its focus on facilitating the voluntary return of the remaining Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

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