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Afghanistan: Returnee Crisis Situation Report No. 4 (as of 29 December 2016)

Highlights

  • Since January 2016, more than 614,225 undocumented returnees (244,125) and registered refugees (370,102) have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan. Of these, 93% (571,747) have returned since July.1
  • In the last two weeks, no registered refugees have returned as the winter pause in UNHCR’s repatriation program takes full effect. Undocumented returns have also slowed, with 2,032 returning in the past week.
  • Further analysis of a HEAT assessment of 1,580 undocumented returnee families in Kabul indicates that 434 families – 85 families less than initially indicated – require NFI, winterisation and WASH support. This includes 92 families in need of safe drinking water, 153 families in need of sanitation facilities and 50 families in need of winterised tents. An additional 196 undocumented returnee families have also recently been assessed, of which 157 have been identified as in need of assistance and supported with NFIs and in-kind food and fuel packages.
  • Between 2 November and 14 December 2016, IOM interviewed the heads of households of 242 undocumented returnee families at Zero Point and the Torkham Transit Centre (TC) concerning their livelihood, socio-economic and reintegration needs. The survey found that over half of all interviewed households reported earnings in Pakistan between 300-500 Pakistani Rupees (PKR) per day (USD 3-5), followed by 14% earning between 501- 700 PKR (USD 5 – 6.6) and 10% earning less than 300 PKR/day (USD 3). Additionally, 49% of households indicated shelter as their primary need, followed by financial support, land and help starting a business.
  • Assessments of the Khanakai Qasmabad land allocation site in Nangarhar province are ongoing with the Mine Risk Education and Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (HALO) confirming that there is no reported presence of contamination and risk from ERW/mines. Additionally, the Directorate of Urban Housing and Development (DUDH) has started the topographic survey (contour mapping and demarcation) to allocate 600 hectares for returnees and IDPs on the site, while the geophysical report has confirmed the availability of groundwater. Previous reports that the land was disputed have also been found to be false. 
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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
29 Dec 2016
Document type: 
Situation Report
Location(s): 
Afghanistan
Theme(s): 
Refugees and Returnees
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination