World Refugees Day: UNHCR praises Pakistan for hosting refugees over 40 years  



United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Pakistan on World Refugee Day (today) extended sincere appreciation and recognition to Pakistan for its generosity in hosting refugees for more than 40 years.

“We look forward to continuing working together with the government of Pakistan in search of solutions.”

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that refugees are the worst victims of wars and conflicts as well as poverty and economic inequality.

“From Syria to Palestine to Afghanistan, their plight calls for renewed policy focus & resources. The world should help developing countries who continue to host large number of refugees.”

The government of Pakistan, with the support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, completed the verification of some 1.3 million registered Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan.

The Documentation Renewal and Information Verification Exercise, known as DRIVE, was aimed at updating and verifying the data of Afghans holding a Proof of Registration (PoR) card. The exercise was a joint effort conducted by the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), the Chief Commissionerate Commissioner for Afghan Refugees (CCAR), and UNHCR with the technical assistance of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

“The data of Afghans was not updated in the last 10 years, therefore it was imperative to verify and update records which will enable us to better understand existing needs in the refugee communities,” said Mr. Saleem Khan, Chief Commissioner for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan.