Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi has said the process of repatriating Afghan refugees from Pakistan will resume on Monday.
According to Balkhi, a drop in financial aid for registered refugees and the probability of forcing refugees to leave Pakistan are the most serious challenges they are facing.
“Refugees return process resumes on Monday and there is financial problems. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had increased its financial aid from $200 USD to $400 USD (per return refugee), but this year they said we cannot give them $400 USD and will decrease the amount,” Balkhi said.
Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, especially students and teachers, are facing numerous problems.
“We (our certificates) have not been recognized in the Afghanistan government system. We cannot receive education certificates that other Afghans can. I do not know what the reason is,” said one teacher.
According to the ministry of refuges and repatriation, currently 130, 000 registered and between 400,000 and 500,000 unregistered Afghan refugees are living in Pakistan.
Last year more than 600,000 refugees returned from Pakistan, but forced expulsion was the most serious problem they faced.