Thousands Afghan refugees return home within week: IOM

Tuesday, 2018-02-13 17:41:33
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An internally displaced family warm themselves inside a shelter at a refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo:REUTERS)
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About 12,500 Afghan refugees had returned or been deported from neighboring Pakistan and Iran during the period of Feb. 4-10, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) reported on February 13.

Marking a decrease of three percent compared to the previous week, 570 Afghans have returned from Pakistan back home, said IOM in a statement.

Meanwhile, 11,912 Afghans have reportedly arrived in their homeland over the period from Iran, 12 percent more than the previous week.

The IOM has provided post-arrival humanitarian assistance, including food and non-food items to the returnees.

About 64,887 Afghan refugees have returned to the poverty-stricken country from the two neighboring states since Jan. 1 this year, the statement said.

Xinhua