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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Adjustments in UNHCR voluntary return support for registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iran

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: UNHCR Islamabad’s new Helpline number is +92 304 111 1437. Please note the previous Helpline number (+92 300 501 8568) is experiencing technical issues and there may be limited connectivity on this number

The voluntary return support for registered Afghan refugees who decide to return from Pakistan and Iran to Afghanistan under UNHCR’s facilitated voluntary repatriation programme is being adjusted from 1 August 2022.

Afghan returnees who have been issued with a Voluntary Repatriation Form (VRF) at the UNHCR voluntary repatriation centres in Iran and Pakistan are eligible to receive USD 375 per person at the designated encashment centres in Afghanistan.

This adjustment is done in view of the exponential increase in transportation and living costs in host countries and inside Afghanistan, increasing inflation, and the deteriorating economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

As before, the adjustment will cover transportation and reintegration costs.

However, registered Afghan refugees are reminded that any return to Afghanistan must be based on a free and informed choice.

Are you from Afghanistan and just arrived in Pakistan? Find more information for new arrivals here.

Please remember that all UNHCR services are free of charge. UNHCR’s only methods of communication are the email addresses, phone numbers and hotlines published on this site. If someone says they will give you assistance for money, these individuals DO NOT represent UNHCR.

Welcome to the Pakistan ‘HELP’ website page of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.  This page was created to provide useful information to individuals seeking support in Pakistan.   

If you are seeking information from UNHCR in counties outside Pakistan, you can find this on the “HELP” pages of those countries, including the United StatesCanadaTurkeyAustralia, Afghanistan and others

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