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Afghanistan: Refugees from Afghanistan: The world's largest single refugee group

, Index number: ASA 11/016/1999

Between the years 1979 and 1992, more than a fifth of Afghanistan's population were driven from the country in search of safety, mainly to the neighbouring countries of Iran and Pakistan. This document looks at the historical background to this flight and the human rights violations faced by the refugees and those internally displaced within Afghanistan. It also examines the conditions of asylum for those in Pakistan, Iran and various European countries and concludes with a reminder of the responsibility of the international community to these

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