Afghanistan: Out of sight, out of mind: The fate of the Afghan returnees.

Index Number: ASA 11/014/2003

This report highlights Amnesty International’s concerns that, under current conditions, the inability of many refugees and internally displaced peoples to sustain their return to their places of origin or preferred destination is leading to destitution and renewed cycles of displacement. This is exacerbated by the fact that many instances of return are taking place in less than voluntary circumstances. The report notes that the sustainability of return is further hindered by insufficient aid and reconstruction assistance from the international community. The report highlights the fact that many of the return movements from Iran and Pakistan in 2002 and 2003 were not an act of free will on the part of the refugees. It also examines the return of refugees and asylum seekers from non-neighbouring states, including the forced return of rejected asylum seekers from the United Kingdom.

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