Over 5,000 Afghan migrants deported from Pakistan

Afghan returnees in Afghanistan. Photo: WFP

In a continuation of the deportation of undocumented migrants, Pakistan has deported 5,033 undocumented Afghan immigrants between Feb. 25 and March 2, Pakistani media outlets report. This brings the total number of deported Afghan immigrants to 503,261.

The recent deportees included 217 families, comprising 1,573 men, 1,048 women, and 2,412 children. They were returned to Afghanistan in 204 vehicles.

Previously, 233 Afghan nationals were deported to Afghanistan via the Torkham border.

A detailed breakdown reveals a total of 6,623 migrants were deported to Afghanistan, including 5,299 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 138 from Islamabad, 1,152 from Punjab, and 34 from Azad Kashmir.

Deportation efforts extended from Peshawar to other borders, including Angoor Adda in Kharlachi. A total of 3,956 individuals were deported via the Angoor Adda border, and 698 were sent back from the Kharlachi border.

The large-scale deportation of Afghan migrants during the cold winter months has raised concerns for those returned to Afghanistan, where they face challenges including a lack of shelter and food.