Pakistan To Open 3 New Border Crossings To Expedite Deportation of Afghans

Monday, 11/13/2023

The government of Pakistan wants to open three new crossings on the border with Afghanistan to speed up the process of expelling Afghan refugees from their country.

On Monday, the Pakistani newspaper, Dawn, wrote in a report that the new crossings will be opened from today.

This newspaper, citing a report prepared by the Sindh Home Department, wrote that if "illegal Afghans" are not repatriated, Pakistan will face a security problem.

In the report, it has also been stated that the department responsible for deporting immigrants has encountered problems in registering and processing the identity of immigrants. According to reports published by Pakistani newspapers, approximately 88,000 refugees have voluntarily returned to Afghanistan only through the Chaman border crossing.

The government of Sindh has called the presence of Afghan immigrants a demographic threat to the state and has warned that if the immigrants are not returned to their countries, provincial demography will alter by 2040.

As per the official report from the Sindh Home Department, hundreds of thousands of refugees, both with and without official residency documentation, reside within the state.

The report indicates that roughly 150,000 Afghans reside in Sindh without residency documentation. Additionally, there are an estimated 26,820 individuals from Bengal and 1,980 individuals from Burma living in the region.

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