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Publication Digest - World Refugee Day

Published: 01:55 PM 20-06-2017 Updated: 03:41 PM 20-06-2017

A group of rescued people on the deck of an Italian naval vessel as the sun sets in the Mediterranean. ©UNHCR/A. D'Amato

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UNHCR - Global Trends, Forced Displacement

The largest group of refugees was made up of the 5.5 million Syrians forced to flee. Refugees from Afghanistan were the second largest group according to country of origin. Their numbers decreased from 2.7 million at the end of 2015 to 2.5 million at the end of 2016 due to returns from Pakistan, although a substantial number (1.4 million) still remain there. The Islamic Republic of Iran reported 951,100 Afghan refugees and a further 110,500 were spread over Germany, Austria, Sweden, Italy and Greece.

New-York Time: A Family’s Journey Home to Afghanistan and Uncertainty (360° Video)

Photo journalist Andrew Quilty follows one Afghan family crossing the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan and driving straight into territory fought over. Shah Jahan's family has no land to return to, nor job prospects. This will be the reality for hundreds of thousands like them this year. This is a 360° video, you can scroll all around the video to see everything.

North Waziristan Refugees: Inter-agencies Refugees Update (Jan-May 2017)

Prepared by UNHCR Afghanistan and Pakistan, operational update on the North Waziristan refugees influx to Afghanistan. As of May 2017, 50,954 refugees from NWA biometrically registered in Khost province, including 16,386 in Gulan camp 

DRC Afghan Displacement Summary 

The Mixed Migration Monitoring Initiative (4Mi) report of March 2017 zooms in on the shockingly high numbers of protection risks among Afghans on the move; it focuses on movement within Afghanistan and is based on interviews with 339 people who have started their journey within the country with the wish to migrate abroad. 

DRC - Afghanistan Conflict Analysis (April 2017),

This report provides a systematic exploration of conflict dynamics affecting internally displaced persons (IDPs) and recent returnees in and around 10 “spoke sites” in Herat and Kabul.  

Human Right Watch: What is a refugee? 

Refugees are people who are outside their home country and have a well-founded fear of returning home. They flee armed conflict, generalized violence, or persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership of a particular social group..

AAN: The Aftermath of an Exodus: Afghans stuck in Serbia still trying to ‘hit the game 

Serbia is an important transit country for Afghans en route to Europe. During a brief period in 2015 and 2016 the borders in Europe were open for Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis as part of the so-called “humanitarian corridor” and over half a million people passed through Serbia on their way to Western Europe. After the corridor closed in the spring of 2016, Afghans continued to enter into Serbia. The country became a place where they could recuperate from their harrowing journey and reconnect with smugglers to organise their onward journey