Pakistan world's largest host of refugees: UNHCR

Updated 20 Aug 2017


Pakistan has continued to host the largest number of refugees in the world over the last three decades, read a report by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Nearly all the 1.45 million refugees in the country belong to Afghanistan, the report said.

Pakistan had generously hosted the world's largest refugee population for three decades, and it was essential to mobilise more support from the international community, the report recommended.

At the same time, voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan to their home country had also been the largest in the world, said the report.

Since March 2002, UNHCR has facilitated the return of approximately 4.1mn registered Afghans from Pakistan, it added.