This film was produced for UNHCR HQ in Geneva to promote their strategy program that encourages the return of Afghan refugees to their homeland. It was distributed online and via their social media channels.
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, works to protect and assist those fleeing wars and persecution. Since 1950, they have helped tens of millions of people find safety and rebuild their lives.
What is the strategy for Afghan Refugees?
Understand more about our regional approach for Afghanistan, finding solutions for UNHCR’s longest-standing refugee crisis.
Today Afghanistan is going through a delicate transition. Almost 1 in 5 Afghans is a former refugee, and over 3/4 million people are internally displaced.
At the height of the crisis, there were more than 6 million Afghan refugees in the world. Since 2002 UNHCR has been conducting the largest ever voluntary repatriation programme – helping 5.8 million Afghan refugees to return home. However, insufficient rural development, a lack of infrastructure and a shortage of opportunities are forcing people to move to cities.
Today, 2.5 million Afghans are still registered as refugees in Pakistan and Iran. After 35 years of displacement, Afghans remain the largest protracted refugee population in the world.