Pakistan: Afghanistan Refugees To Be Deported

06/29/2012 09:37 am ET | Updated Jun 29, 2012

Pakistan is preparing to send 400,000 Afghan refugees back across the border to war-torn Afghanistan, according to a report by Agence France-Presse.

Islamabad claims it should not be responsible for tolerating illegal migrants, while Afghanistan is concerned that its weak economy would suffer from the return of so many refugees.

In addition to the immediate planned deportations, Pakistan may send back almost 3 million refugees within the year, a move that the Washington Post explains could "further destabilize Afghanistan, straining its economy and challenging its fledgling security forces."

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes that about 1.7 million registered refugees from Afghanistan -- greater than the population of Manhattan, New York -- call Pakistan home.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called the situation the "largest and most protracted refugee crisis in the world," AFP writes.

Afghan Refugees To Be Deported

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