Pakistan hosting largest number of refugees: UNHCR

Afghan refugees gather for renewal of their family cards at the Chamkany registration centre on the outskirts of Peshawar on December 31, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of people fled Afghanistan during the last three decades of war, with a majority of them taking refuge in neighbouring Pakistan. AFP PHOTO/A MAJEED / AFP PHOTO / A Majeed

ISLAMABAD April 16 (TNS): The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that Pakistan was hosting and sheltering the largest number of refugees, mostly Afghans, in the world.

The UNHCR said in its report that Pakistan was hosting the largest number of refugees in the world and as many as 1.45 million were hailed from Afghanistan.

The report said that Pakistan unconditionally hosted millions of refugees and provided best possible facilities to these affected people of different countries especially Afghan citizens when the war was on peak in it and still 1.45 million were living in Pakistan.

Pakistan continued hosted Afghan refugees for more than three decades, it said. Similarly, the voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan to their own country was also the largest in the world, the report stated. Since March 2002, UNHCR has facilitated the return of approximately 4.1 million registered Afghans from Pakistan, it added.