Over 5,800 Afghan Migrants Expelled from Pakistan and Iran, Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis

Over 5,800 Afghan migrants expelled from Pakistan and Iran, intensifying the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. EU provides €17M to support returnees and host communities.

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Muhammad Jawad
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Over 5,800 Afghan Migrants Expelled from Pakistan and Iran, Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis

Over 5,800 Afghan Migrants Expelled from Pakistan and Iran, Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis

Than 5,800 Afghan migrants were expelled from Pakistan and Iran and returned to Afghanistan via the Islam Qala and Torkham borders in Nangarhar province. The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation Affairs reported that 5,360 migrants returned from Iran and 481 from Pakistan after forced deportation.

This influx of returnees is intensifying the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, as most of them face a lack of adequate shelter, clean water, medical services, and employment opportunities. The reintegration of these migrants into Afghan society is further challenged by the absence of proper infrastructure and support systems to address their needs.

Over 1.5 million Afghans have returned from Pakistan and Iran since January 2024, further straining the country's resources and worsening the humanitarian situation. In response, the European Union has signed a EUR 17 million agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support Afghans on the move and vulnerable Afghan populations in the region.

The program will establish Community Resource Centers to provide integrated services including healthcare, legal assistance, vocational training, and education, with a particular focus on the needs of women and children. The EU's partnership with IOM aims to address the immense challenges faced by the host communities and contribute to the reintegration, social cohesion, and long-term solutions for those affected by the influx of returnees.

Why this matters: The mass expulsion of Afghan migrants from neighboring countries and their subsequent return to Afghanistan highlights the urgent need for international support and collaboration to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the country. The successful reintegration of returnees and the provision of essential services are critical for promoting stability and resilience in Afghan communities.

The expulsion and detention of Afghan migrants from countries like Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey have increased in recent months. Turkish authorities in Edirne have detained 1,096 'illegal migrants,' including Afghan citizens, over the past month, with 54 individuals facing charges related to human trafficking and drug trafficking. The Turkish Ministry of Interior stated that in 2024, 68,687 Afghan migrants were detained in the country, with some being deported. Turkish authorities have announced that operations to combat the entry and detention of illegal migrants throughout Turkey will continue.

Key Takeaways

  • Over 5,800 Afghan migrants expelled from Pakistan and Iran in April 2024.
  • Returnees face lack of shelter, water, medical services, and jobs in Afghanistan.
  • EU signs €17 million agreement with IOM to support Afghan migrants in the region.
  • Turkey detained 1,096 'illegal migrants,' including Afghans, in Edirne last month.
  • Turkey detained 68,687 Afghan migrants in 2024, with some being deported.