Pakistan deports more than 3,000 Afghan migrants amid ongoing expulsions

A group of Afghan migrants at a camp near the Spin Boldak border crossing in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Nov. 2023.

Pakistani authorities have deported 3,076 Afghan migrants from Feb. 3 to Feb. 6, continuing the country’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, according to Pakistani media.

The individuals were returned to Afghanistan through the Torkham and Spin Boldak border crossings, the reports detailed.

The group included 1,145 men, 924 women, and 1,007 children.

Recent statistics reveal that since last November, Pakistan has expelled a total of 484,332 people.

This large-scale expulsion of Afghan immigrants has raised concerns about their well-being in Afghanistan, where they are grappling with joblessness, inadequate shelter, and other challenges. The UN Humanitarian Coordination Office in Afghanistan reported that many of these families are living in harsh winter conditions, with temperatures dropping to as low as minus 12 degrees Celsius.