The document titled ‘Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on PCM Centre Activities’ provides information on birth registration, how to obtain birth certificates, modify Proof of Registration (PoR) cards and obtain duplicate cards. Information regarding the significance and procedures of registering new-born children (up to five years of age) with their parents who are already holding PoR cards and receiving birth certificates aims to address a lack of awareness among the refugee population, which has been identified as one of the main reasons behind the large gap in birth registration of Afghan refugee children. Birth registration and birth certificates are critically important means to help determine the child’s identity, age and nationality and to ensure it will be able to enjoy fundamental rights such as access to education, job opportunities, legal marriage, issuance of ID cards/passports and many public services including medical assistance.
The FAQs also inform how Afghan refugees can make corrections to the data on their existing PoR cards, replace lost, stolen, faded or damaged PoR cards and receive PoR cards for already registered children who have reached five years of age and are entitled to their own PoR card. Afghan refugees holding valid PoR cards in Pakistan may access these services in the six Proof of Registration Card Modification (PCM) centres located throughout the country. These centres are run by the Government of Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) with support from UNHCR.
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