Balkhi: Some Six Million Afghans Live as Refugees or Migrants Abroad
The Afghan Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi said today that some six million Afghans are living as migrants or refugees in other countries.
Addressing an event on the occasion of World Refugee Day in Kabul, Balkhi said that since the beginning of 2018 more than 900 Afghan migrants have returned home voluntarily just from Europe and another 246 were deported.
Balkhi added that more than 300,000 Afghan refugees have returned home in the past five months.
This comes after the UNHCR released a report on Tuesday that stated wars, violence and persecution uprooted record numbers of men, women and children worldwide last year.
Afghanistan is the source of the second-largest refugee population globally with 2.6 million people having fled by the end of 2017, the UNHCR report stated.