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Registered Refugees from Afghanistan

Refugee Returnees to Afghanistan

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The humanitarian situation inside Afghanistan deteriorated in 2021 with significant consequences for the most vulnerable among the population. Some 3.4 million people are currently internally displaced by conflict, while over 1 million IDPs have returned to their places of origin since June 2021. UNHCR is responding to this emergency. Iran and Pakistan, which are neighbours of Afghanistan, host some 2.1 million registered Afghan refugees. The majority of these refugees fled Afghanistan over the years, including from as early as 1979. A further 5.3 million refugees returned to Afghanistan in phases since 2002, but this trend has been declining in recent times. In August 2021, UNHCR has also released a non-return advisory for Afghanistan, calling for a halt on forced returns of Afghan nationals, including asylum seekers who have had their claims rejected. On this page you will find updates on UNHCR's work in support Afghan IDPs, refugees and returnees. Links are also provided below for the individual UNHCR country operation pages for additional information.

Registered Refugees from Afghanistan (in Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan) JSON 
2,073,809
Last updated 30 Jun 2022
Source - UNHCR, Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (GIRI) 
Registered Afghan Refugees by country JSON 
Location name Source Data date Population
Iran (Islamic Republic of) Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (GIRI) 1 Oct 2020
  37.6%
780,000
Pakistan (Islamic Republic of) UNHCR 30 Jun 2022
  62.0%
1,285,754
Tajikistan UNHCR 31 Dec 2021
  0.4%
8,028
Turkmenistan UNHCR 30 Jun 2021
  0.0%
13
Uzbekistan UNHCR 30 Jun 2021
  0.0%
14

Afghans new arrivals to neighbouring countries since August 2021 JSON 
1,268,730
Last updated 31 Jul 2022
Source - Government, UNHCR 
Newly arrived Afghans by country JSON 
Location name Source Data date Population
Iran (Islamic Republic of) Government 31 Jul 2022
  78.8%
1,000,000
Pakistan (Islamic Republic of) Government 28 Feb 2022
  19.7%
250,000
Tajikistan UNHCR 28 Feb 2022
  0.5%
5,710
Uzbekistan Government 30 Nov 2021
  1.0%
13,020

In Iran, UNHCR is using an average figure according to various government estimates and continues to follow-up with authorities to receive updated and disaggregated data as well as an estimate of how many presently remain in Iran. Of the average 1 million new arrivals, approximately 42,000 Afghans have approached UNHCR. Of the 250,000 new arrivals reported by the Government of Pakistan, approximately 216,000 have approached UNHCR. According to Government of Uzbekistan sources, some 13,020 Afghan citizens arrived in the country since January 2021. The majority arrived before August 15 with valid visas issued by the Uzbek consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif.
Refugee returnees to Afghanistan in 2022 JSON 
3,877
Last updated 05 Oct 2022
Source - UNHCR, Government 
Refugee returnees to Afghanistan by year JSON 
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    Date of Funding Data 20 September 2022 (15 days ago)