A UN report shows that there are 65.3 million refugees around the world who have been displaced due to war, poverty, economic conditions and natural disasters.
According to the UNHCR, Pakistan ranks 2nd amongst the countries hosting the highest number of refugees. UN Geneva praises Pakistan for its efforts to relocate displaced refugees, mainly from Afghanistan.
Turkey ranks first, with 1,587,374 refugees, most of whom are from Syria. Pakistan comes second with a total refugee population of 1,505,525, followed by Lebanon, which hosts 1,154,040 refugees mainly from Syria.
UNHCR’s annual report ranked these three countries as the top hosts for refugees since 2011. The estimated population of Afghan refugees in Pakistan is of the documented refugees alone. The number of undocumented refugees remains unknown.
Shah Ahmed Saeed, the consul-general of Afghanistan, added that it was the top priority of the Afghanistan government to encourage, assist and support the repatriation of refugees and their resumption of normal life, both socially and economically. However, the Afghan diplomat admitted that it could not stand up to the task alone.
Story first published: 20th June 2017