Over 2,000 Afghan Migrants Expelled by Pakistan and Iran, Re-enter Afghanistan

Over 2,000 Afghan migrants expelled from Pakistan and Iran, straining Taliban's efforts to manage refugee crisis. Amnesty International calls for immediate cancellation of deportation plan.

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Over 2,000 Afghan Migrants Expelled by Pakistan and Iran, Re-enter Afghanistan

Over 2,000 Afghan Migrants Expelled by Pakistan and Iran, Re-enter Afghanistan

More than 2,000 Afghan migrants were forced out by the governments of Pakistan and Iran and re-entered Afghanistan through the Torkham and Islam Qala border crossings, according to the Taliban-led Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation.

The ministry reported that 260 Afghan migrants returned to Kabul from Pakistan after being removed by the country's police, while 2,368 Afghan migrants re-entered Afghanistan from Iran on the same day.

The Taliban's Ministry of Refugees announced the repatriation of migrants from Iran at a time when the removal of Afghan migrants from Iran, particularly from Pakistan, has intensified in recent months.

Specifically, the ministry stated that 3,943 migrants were deported from Iran and returned to the country via the Islam Qala border crossing, where they were registered and referred to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to receive aid. Additionally, 451 Afghan migrants were deported from Pakistan and returned to Afghanistan through the Spin Boldak and Torkham borders.

Why this matters: The removal of Afghan migrants from neighboring countries and their subsequent return to Afghanistan highlights the ongoing challenges faced by the Taliban-led government in managing the country's refugee crisis. The influx of returnees puts additional strain on Afghanistan's already fragile economy and social services.

Amnesty International has called for the immediate cancellation of the plan to remove Afghan migrants from Pakistan, stating that it is contrary to international human rights laws and refugee laws. The Taliban's acting minister of Refugees and Repatriation Affairs had also urged Pakistan to resolve the Afghan migrants' issue within the framework of bilateral understanding.

The ministry provided assistance to the returnees, including referring unaccompanied children to the WARCHILD institute, providing 10,000 Afghanis each to 88 families, and distributing free SIM cards to 120 individuals. The repatriation of Afghan migrants from neighboring countries continues to be a pressing issue for the Taliban-led government as it grapples with the economic and social challenges facing the nation.

Key Takeaways

  • Over 2,000 Afghan migrants expelled from Pakistan and Iran, re-entered Afghanistan.
  • 260 Afghan migrants returned to Kabul from Pakistan, 2,368 from Iran.
  • 3,943 migrants deported from Iran, 451 from Pakistan, returned to Afghanistan.
  • Influx of returnees strains Afghanistan's fragile economy and social services.
  • Amnesty International calls for cancellation of plan to remove Afghan migrants from Pakistan.