US Affirms Afghan Refugee Support in Pakistan
US Continues Collaborative Efforts to Aid Afghan Refugees, Emphasizing Statistics
During a recent two-day visit to Pakistan, Juliet Wallace Noyes, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, reiterated the United States‘ unwavering commitment to the smooth resettlement of Afghan refugees.
This commitment comes amidst a significant influx of refugees, with figures suggesting:
- Over 3.7 million Afghans currently residing in Pakistan, according to the United Nations.
- Approximately 2.2 million documented Afghans reside in Pakistan, including 1.4 million legal refugees.
- Nearly 400,000 non-registered Afghans potentially residing in the country.
- Over 1.3 million registered refugees still remain in Pakistan, authorized to work, rent homes, travel, and attend schools.
In her discussions with top Pakistani government officials, Noyes focused on facilitating the safe and efficient relocation of these refugees. The discussions highlighted:
- The importance of safeguarding vulnerable and asylum-seeking Afghans, emphasizing the need for their protection in the face of ongoing challenges.
- The need for continued collaboration with international partners like Pakistan, which has generously hosted millions of Afghan refugees for decades.
- The US’s ongoing financial contributions to support refugee resettlement efforts, with a pledge of over $1.3 billion provided in 2023 alone.
Noyes expressed her strong desire to maintain collaborative efforts, acknowledging the invaluable contributions of international partners in this humanitarian endeavor. She extended heartfelt gratitude for:
- Pakistan’s ongoing dedication to providing assistance and protection to Afghan refugees.
- The role of various stakeholders in ensuring the safety and well-being of refugees.
- The shared commitment to ensuring a dignified and secure future for displaced Afghan families.
This revised version adds impactful statistics and figures to strengthen the message and provide a deeper context for the ongoing efforts to support Afghan refugees.
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