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241200ZMAY07 (U) UPDATE ON AFGHAN REFUGEES, DEPORTEES, AND SQUATTERS: (Source: AMEMBASSY KABUL 01744, 24 May 07)
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(U) UPDATE ON AFGHAN REFUGEES, DEPORTEES, AND SQUATTERS: (Source: AMEMBASSY KABUL 01744, 24 May 07) Recent developments relating to three distinct segments of the wave of Afghan "returnees" - refugees from Pakistan, deported irregular migrants from Iran, and Kuchi squatters near Pol-I Charki - have renewed focus on refugee/displaced persons issues. Over 200,000 refugees have returned from Pakistan in 2007, with over half returning to Nangarhar. Approximately 62,000 Afghans have been deported from Iran. International Organization on Migration (IOM) reports that the government and local communities are providing adequate support for those passing through the transit centers near the Iranian border, but also expresses concern regarding the implications of the significant number of single men returning to Nimruz and Farah provinces. Finally, 350 Kuchi families are squatting in the Kabul area, claiming right to the land. President Karzai has asked Second Vice President Khalili to lead GoA efforts to address the issues relating to the returnees from Iran and Pakistan. In a May 24th meeting convened by Karzai, Khalili highlighted the importance of providing returnees with reintegration assistance. The Ambassador highlighted the significant US assistance already being provided and welcomed UNAMA''s announcement of a special appeal for assistance to deal with the recent wave of returns. Other donors also expressed support.