President Ashraf Ghani at a meeting with members of Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) and Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) on Tuesday said more than one million Afghan refugees will return to the country in the upcoming year, president’s media office said in a statement.
At the meeting, Ghani said nearly 6,500 refugees are returning from Pakistan and Iran on a daily basis and government continues to provide them with facilities.
He said following the flow of migrants in Europe, Afghan refugees are under pressure and some of them will return home from European countries.
Ghani assigned a team to contact with European Union officials in order to help Afghan refugees under the immigration and other international laws, the statement said.
The statement added that a joint statement on migrants, prepared by the president’s assigned team and Afghanistan’s international partners, will be made public soon.
Meanwhile, Ghani said Pakistan is using Afghan refugees as a political tool to put pressure on Afghanistan’s government, adding that the refugees are dear to their government and they will leave no stone unturned to prepare the ground for their dignified return and for safeguarding their rights.
At the same event, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said government will continue to provide facilities for return refugees.
This comes after the Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Sayed Husain Alemi Balkhi on Sunday said Pakistan is using Afghan refugees as a political tool.
In addition, he said, almost 8,000 refugees are returning to Afghanistan from Iran and Pakistan on a daily basis.
He said despite government’s attempts to accommodate these return refugees, efforts have not been enough and that his ministry will continue to address the challenge.