an estimated 550,000 Afghans have been newly displaced inside the country since January 2021 – primarily due to insecurity and violence.
million Afghan refugees have found refuge in neighboring countries. The vast majority of refugees from Afghanistan are living in Pakistan and Iran.
women and children make up 80 percent of all recently displaced Afghans. Nearly 400,000 since May 2021.
After more than 40 years, Afghan refugees continue to make up one of the largest and most protracted displacement situations under UNHCR’s mandate. The prolonged nature of the crisis has prompted intensified efforts to support Afghan refugees and the host communities in Iran and Pakistan that have generously accommodated them for over four decades.
Nearly 6 million Afghans have been driven out of their homes and their country by conflict, violence and poverty. The vast majority of refugees from Afghanistan are living in Pakistan and Iran, which continue to host more than 1.4 million and 780,000 registered Afghan refugees respectively.
In 2021, violence in Afghanistan intensified and spread through the country. Since January 2021, more than 550,000 Afghans have been forcibly displaced. The impact of the conflict on women and girls has been particularly devastating. Since May 2021, nearly 390,000 Afghans have been displaced within the country – 80 percent are women and children.
“Afghanistan’s displacement crisis is one of the largest and most protracted in UNHCR’s seven-decade history. We’re now seeing a third generation of Afghan children born in exile,’’ says UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
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Despite challenging circumstances, the UN Refugee Agency is on the ground delivering lifesaving support to millions of displaced Afghans.
The needs of those who have had to flee suddenly are acute, increasing demand for shelter, food, water and health services. As part of the broader UN effort, UNHCR has helped assess the needs of almost 400,000 internally displaced civilians since the start of 2021.
Responding to the most critical priorities, UNHCR has provided food, shelter, cash, hygiene and sanitary kits and other lifesaving assistance together with partners to more than 230,000 people this year. UNHCR has also undertaken protection monitoring covering 32 provinces in 2021.
UNHCR continues to work with authorities in some of the countries neighboring Afghanistan to plan and prepare for potential future movements of Afghan refugees.
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Afghanistan Refugee Crisis Explained
UNHCR warns Afghanistan’s conflict taking the heaviest toll on displaced women and children
Afghan refugee children stand outside their shelter in a
refugee settlement in Pakistan.