Repatriation of Afghan Refugees from Pakistan: Participation, Consultation and Consent in the Resettlement Process

University essay from Lunds universitet/Centrum för öst- och sydöstasienstudier

Abstract: Afghan refugees living in refugee camps in Pakistan are studied in this thesis. However, the repatriation and resettlement of Afghan refugees necessitate the durable solution strategy for their reintegration in home country. The previous program for the repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan was subjected to complexities. This thesis analyzed the consultation and consent of Afghan refugees in relation to resettlement and repatriation. The previous repatriation program conducted by UNHCR, the Government of Pakistan and the Afghan government was critically studied. Besides the basic assistance, the consent and participation for the durable solution of Afghan refugees was critically analyzed. By reviewing academic studies and conducting interviews with Afghan refugees, it was analyzed that Afghan refugees were ignored in giving them ownership in the resettlement process. The rights of refugees are seldom addressed in the South especially in case of Afghan refugees which is highlighted in this thesis project. The findings suggested that refugees study was needed to pay attention to specific issues such as participation, consultation, consent and voices.

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