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Tough choices for Afghan refugees returning home after years in exile

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 2016 saw a surge in the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, which has been hosting large numbers of Afghan refugees for four decades. More than 370,000 registered Afghan refugees returned home from Pakistan in 2016 – a 12 year h ...

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UNHCR hands over four community projects to Sindh government

Press Release KARACHI, PAKISTAN – 27 January 2017 – As part of efforts to bridge gaps between Pakistani and Afghan refugee communities across the country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) formally handed over four projects to the government in Sindh province, south-west Pakistan. In 2016 in Karachi, under the refugee-affected hosting area (RAHA) programme, two schools were renovated, one sewage pipeline instal ...

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UNICEF and UNHCR sign partnership to empower young refugees through SMS technology

Press Release Islamabad, 23 January 2017 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to utilise mobile technology for the empowerment of the young refugee population residing in Pakistan. The partnership will utilise U-Report PakAvaz, UNICEF’s flagship innovative mobile-based social monitoring tool, to empow ...

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Skills training for Afghan and Pakistani youth

Press Release HAYATABAD, PESHAWAR – 20 JANUARY 2017: The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) launched a skills development programme on Friday to empower Pakistani and Afghan refugee youth across Pakistan. The pilot project costing Rs. 30 million (USD 300,000) will train over 700 young people up to the age of 25 years old in all four provinces over the next thr ...

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UNHCR supports free health services to mothers and children in Quetta

Press Release QUETTA  (28 December 2016): The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has completed the refurbishment and upgrading of a maternal and child health facilities in Quetta to provide uninterrupted, quality health services to women and children. Provincial Minister for Health, Rahmat Saleh Baloch presided over the ceremony of the only basic maternal and child health care unit in Union Council Qambrani, located ...

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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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