Refugees & IDPs

  • Displaced, Denied, Destroyed

    Rather than safe spaces for learning, schools in Afghanistan are increasingly becoming military, ideological and political battlegrounds. This briefing notes outlines how the international community and parties to the conflict in Afghanistan are neglecting and violating established commitments to protect students, teachers and educational facilities in armed conflict.

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  • Return and displacement in Afghanistan

    Recently, 5 reports have been published by international NGOs and human rights organisations on the dire situation for Afghan returnees and IDPs. This paper provides a synthesis of the findings and recommendations of those reports which offer important, evidence-based insight into how to improve the situation in general and provide better policy responses to the protection and humanitarian assistance needs of Afghans being displaced or returning to their country.

    PDF icon Return and displacement in Afghanistan - March 2018.pdf
  • Policy Note: A Mapping Study - Institutional Mechanisms to Tackle Trafficking in Persons in Afghanistan

    This policy note summarizes the findings of a Mapping Study conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the Security Governance Group (SGG) in 2015 and 2016. It presents recommendations for the Afghan government as well as for the international community to take the necessary measures to build the capacity of the Afghan government and equip it with the required tools to make the response robust and comprehensive.

    PDF icon 1803E-Mapping-Study-Institutional-Mechanisms-to-Tackle-Trafficking-in-Persons-in-Afghanistan.pdf
  • Forced back to danger: asylum-seekers returned from Europe to Afghanistan

    This report examines the legality of returns to Afghanistan. It looks at the security and human rights situation in the country and at the experiences of some of those who have been returned by European countries. It contrasts data on the numbers of people being returned from Europe with information on conflict-related casualties and other dangers in Afghanistan, raising a number of questions about the decision-making processes of some European authorities.

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  • EU Migration Policy and Returns: Case Study on Afghanistan

    ECRE's analysis of recent developments in EU policy on return of migrants to Afghanistan.

    PDF icon Returns-Case-Study-on-Afghanistan.pdf
  • Returning to Fragility: Exploring the link between conflict and returnees in Afghanistan

    Huge numbers of people are returning to Afghanistan – more than two million since 2015 – while the country is still highly fragile, with ongoing fighting and internal displacement in many areas and high levels of poverty. Oxfam’s field research in Herat, Kabul, Kunduz and Nangarhar finds that for as long as these conditions do not improve, a safe and dignified return cannot be guaranteed, and forced returns remain irresponsible. With more people returning on a daily basis, tensions are likely to grow and pressure on scarce resources will increase, exacerbating inequalities in this unstable and fragile country. Sending Afghans back to volatile areas will likely result only in more displacement and fragility.

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  • Escaping War: Where to next? The Challenges of IDP Protection in Afghanistan

    Displacement has been a feature of Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis for decades, yet a new study by NRC, IDMC and Samuel Hall reveals how intensifying conflict across the country has caused a sharp escalation in the numbers of IDPs across the country.

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  • Going 'home' to displacement: Afghanistan's returnee-IDPs

    This case study looks at the main challenges returnees in situations of internal displacement, known as returnee-IDPs, face in achieving durable solutions and examines how their protection and assistance needs differ from those of other IDPs.

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  • Partnerships in Conflict

    This report summarizes the findings of new research on the impact of violent conflict on civil society organizations (CSOs) and the implications for international actors who partner with them and includes a case study on Afghanistan. 

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  • State of the world’s emergencies: A briefing for UK parliamentarians, October 2017

    This briefing has been put together by a significant number of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under the leadership of Bond’s Humanitarian and Conflict Policy groups. These NGOs are either actively operational in these contexts or working to raise awareness in the UK of the challenges faced by people experiencing humanitarian disasters, conflict and upheaval. Afghanistan is featured in a section of this report where it describes its fragility and its need for continuos international support. 

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  • Labour and Housing market systems in Nangarhar Province, Eastern Afghanistan (Complex Conflict, Displacement, and Returnee Influx) Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis

    This Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) was undertaken from March to April 2017 in Nangarhar by a team of Oxfam and AHEAD staff to understand the impacts of the repatriation of undocumented returnees and registered refugees from Pakistan into the province, in addition to persons forcibly displaced – IDPs, on two critical market systems: income earning from casual labour, and housing. 

    PDF icon Oxfam_EMMA_Nangarhar_Report_May_2017.pdf
  • USIP: The Afghan Refugee Crisis in 2016, February 2017

    During 2016, unprecedented numbers (hundreds of thousands) of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran returned to Afghanistan.  The Afghan government and aid agencies have struggled to support these people who add to another 1 million internally displaced people. This United States Institute of Peace report highlights the growing humanitarian crisis and security issues, as well as the economic strain faced by the returnees and state. 

    PDF icon USIP-The-Afghan-Refugee-Crisis-in-2016.pdf
  • HRW: Pakistan coercion, UN complicity, February 2017

    Human Rights Watch's report—based on 115 interviews with refugee returnees in Afghanistan and Afghan refugees and undocumented Afghans in Pakistan, and further corroborated by UN reports that present the reasons thousands of Afghans gave for coming home—documents how Pakistan’s pressure on Afghan refugees left many of them with no choice but to leave Pakistan in 2016. Further HRW criticise UNHCR for failing to condemn Pakistan's approach, and also questions their financial support to returnees. 

    PDF icon HRW pakistan returnees 0217_web.pdf
  • WRN: Afghanistan's internally displaced women - complex realities, September 2016

    The Women's Regional Network documented the everyday realities of internally displaced Afghan women, as they cope with disrupted livelihoods, divided families and destroyed homesteads. WRN conducted a study among the IDP population in Kabul. Conversations with the IDP population reveals several shortfalls in the National Policy with regards to addressing the needs of longterm IDPs in Kabul. Their report highlights issues such as child labour, health and hygiene, and rights violations.  This report contains recommendations, as does the attached recommendations specific to the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016. 

    PDF icon WRN_Internally displaced womenSEPT2016_web.pdf, PDF icon WRN Afghanistan document for Brussels on IDP women.pdf
  • UNHCR: This is who we are, October 2016

    Amidst the unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe in 2015 there was also a high number of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC). More than half of these were Afghan nationals.This study was conducted in collaboration with the Swedish Migration Agency. It aims to provide an overview of who these Afghan UASC are, what made them decide to undertake such a long and difficult journey, what happened along the way, and why they ultimately chose Sweden as their destination.While UASC leaving from Afghanistan stated security-related reasons, including conflict and violence, as their primary reason for leaving, UASC leaving from Iran primarily referred to discrimination and lack of documentation. Economic reasons were only mentioned by a small fraction of all UASC interviewed. They reported experiencing acute distress and severe protection incidents in Iran, Turkey and throughout the Balkan route. 

    PDF icon UNHCR ThisIsWhoWeAre.pdf

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