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LEGAL STATUS OF AFGHAN REFUGEES IN PAKISTAN

The Afghan Refugee situation in Pakistan accounts for the most protracted case of refugee settlement in UNHCR’s post-cold war operations. Despite around 3.9 million Afghan refugees having been repatriated, under the largest repatriation program of the organization’s history, Pakistan still continues to host 10 percent of the global refugee population. Interestingly Pakistan is not a signatory of the key international conventions and multilateral treaties that determine the status of Refugees and Asylum seekers in host states. In coming analysis, we will look at what alternative management and legal strategies have been adopted by Pakistan and UNHCR to manage and finally repatriate this refugee situation and what have been the socio-political consequences of these strategies.

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