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Over three million Afghans returned home since 2012: Ministry

Burqa-clad Afghan refugees arrive at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) repatriation center in Torkham, as they cross through the main border between Afghanistan and Pakistan to return to their home country after fleeing civil war and Taliban rule. / AFP / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA (Photo credit should read NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)

By: The Kabul Times

The Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Sayed Husain Alemi Balkhi, at a press conference on Monday, briefed reporters on the findings of an assessment by the ministry over the past few months by interviewing almost 64,000 individuals in 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
Balkhi said that the UN’s International Organization for Migration, or the IOM, has helped in the DTM Baseline Mobility Assessment for the period of 2012 to 2018 and that the findings are accurate and are not based on estimations.
He said that the findings show that 3.225 million Afghans returned home from different countries between 2012 to 2018 while during this period, 2.291 million people left the country.
Among those who left the country, 271,000 people have migrated to European countries, he said. Balkhi said that 3.529 million people were displaced during this period. He said that from a total of 7 million displaced people and return refugees, 266,000 are living under the tent, having less access to shelter. He said that despite Due to the conflicts, insecurity the number of returnees is more than those who left the country and that it is a “positive point” and it shows that people are interested in their country.

 

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