UNHCR dou­bles repa­tri­a­tion grant for Afghan refugees

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Ev­ery Afghan fam­ily com­pris­ing about seven mem­bers would re­ceive cash grant of about Rs 300,000 on repa­tri­a­tion as United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees have dou­bled the repa­tri­a­tion grant.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources, the grant to an indi-vid­ual refugee has been increased from US $ 200 to US $ 400 re­cently. Mean­while, the Min­is­ter for State and Fron­tier Re­gions (SAFRON) Ab­dul Qadir Baloch has wel­comed the an­nounce­ment of UNHCR dou­bling the repa­tri­a­tion grant.

He said this step would help mo­ti­vate and en-courage the Afghan refugees to vol­un­tar­ily move back to their re­spec­tive area thus tak­ing part in the re­con­struc­tion of their moth­er­land. The Min­is­ter ac­knowl- edged the timely im­ple­men­ta­tion of UNHCR’s an­nounce­ment as the en­hanced grant is be­ing dis­bursed to the re­turn­ing Afghan Refugees in Afghanistan from the be­gin­ning of the week.

He said that the en­hanced amount of grant will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the re­turns which sub­se­quently will help re­turnees an­chor in Afghanistan. How­ever, he em­pha­sised the need to com­ple­ment the en­hanced grant with mean­ing­ful devel­op­ment in­ter­ven­tions in Afghanistan for nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment to sus­tain the re­turn.

The Min­is­ter en­cour­aged the Afghan Refugees to seize the op­por­tu­nity and opt for vol­un­tary re­turn and play much needed role in devel­op­ment of their home­land.

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