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UNHCR, KP government sign MoU to strengthen health services for refugees, host communities

Press Release PESHAWAR: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Health, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to support the provincial immunization programme. Under the signed MoU with the Provincial Department of Health, UNHCR will support the provincial government to effectively administer immunization services to all Afghan refugees residing in refugee vil ...

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Unaccounted refugee children getting identity

Reaching out to refugee communities to register new-borns KOT CHANDNA, MIANWALI (01 December, 2016): Wearing traditional Balochi cap and dressed in a Pashtoon shalwar kameez, Alam Khan, waits to get his children registered with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) at Kot Chandna refugee village. “Travelling for seven hours to Lahore by public transport with children was an uphill task. I ...

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UNHCR opens new repatriation centre in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Press Release High-level delegation meets returning Afghan refugees at Voluntary Repatriation Centres in Nowshera and Peshawar NOWSHERA: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) inaugurated the agency’s second voluntary repatriation centre Wednesday, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to facilitate the safe and dignified return of Afghan refugees to Afghanistan. With the opening of the new centre in Azakhel, Nowsh ...

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Pak-Afghan youth empowerment seminar held in Quetta

Press Release Quetta, 21 September 2016 – UNHCR with partners organised a one-day seminar on youth empowerment to enhance the capacity of Pakistani and Afghan youths in Balochistan by engaging them in dialogues with the key stakeholders to identify challenges youths are facing and to seek solutions towards self-reliance. Over 100 participants from different districts of Balochistan attended the seminar, ove ...

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First high school for girls opens in refugee village in Punjab

Press Release KOT CHANDNA, MIANWALI, 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 – The first girls’ high school in Kot Chandna refugee village in Mianwali district, Punjab opened on Wednesday. The school called “Community Girls Model School No 2” will teach 11 girls aged between 14-16 years old. The girls will be taught by Ms. Aqeela Asifi – the 2015 Nansen Refugee Award winner. Using the Nansen prize fund of US$100,000, Ms. Aqeela ...

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UNHCR tents for displaced families in South Waziristan and Orakzai

Press Release PESHAWAR: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) delivered 2,500 tents to government authorities in Peshawar on Friday. The tents handed over to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) will be dispatched to South Waziristan and Orakzai agencies. The tents are for families who have recently returned to the area now deemed safe by Pakistan’s security authoritie ...

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Tripartite Commission: Empowering refugees in Pakistan, reintegration investment in Afghanistan will close refugee chapter

Press Release ISLAMABAD (19 July, 2016): The Representatives of the Islamic Republics of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday underlined their commitment to empower Afghan refugees in Pakistan and to pro-actively work towards their voluntary repatriation and sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan. They called on the international community to support these efforts aimed at ac ...

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UNHCR doubles grant for registered Afghan refugees opting to return to Afghanistan

Press Release ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi concluded his first tri-nation visit to Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. On the last leg of his mission in Pakistan, the High Commissioner announced an increase in assistance package for registered Afghan refugee families, who are opting to return to Afghanistan under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary return progamme. Dur ...

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UNHCR chief urges for inclusive education for all including Afghan refugees

Press Release 23 June 2016 PESHAWAR: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has urged the international community to invest more in youth empowerment and education while the current emergencies have increased global concern about the additional risks faced by children who do not have access to educational opportunities. The High Commissioner noted that protracted refugee hosting co ...

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UNHCR, SAFRON issue Joint Communique

23 June 2016 The Joint Communique was issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi and Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Lt. Gen. (Retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch on the occasion of the UN High Commissioner’s Visit to Pakistan. 1) This Communique is being issued in pursuance of the High Commissioner’s meetings with the President of Pakistan, the Minister of Finance, detailed delib ...

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