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Pakistan ‘to close refugee camps’

Pakistan is to close all camps for Afghan refugees in tribal areas along the Afghan border, the United Nations Refugee Agency(UNHCR) says. A UHNCR statement said the move would affect more than 105,000 refugees who could not be helped properly because of security problems in the region. The government will offer them voluntary repatriation or relocation within Pakistan, the UNHCR says. Pakistan is estimated to hosts more than three million Afghan refugees. In recent years more than two million have returned home. Millions of Afghans fled their homeland after the invasion by Soviet troops, mainly for Pakistan and Iran. Refugee numbers were further swelled during years of civil war and rule by the hardline Taleban. Full Story

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