Generations lost: Afghan refugee population straggles back unwillingly - The Express Tribune:
The UNHCR puts the repatriation of Afghans in 2002 at 281,720 families or 1,565,095 individuals – the highest in the last 13 years.
But in the following years, hundreds of families had to return as the conflict in Afghanistan escalated and its fledgling economy took hit after hit. No one has the exact numbers of those returning to seek refuge; there are only estimates.“We had no other option but to come back,” says Amir Hanfi, who once resided within the camp. “There was a shortage of food, jobs, and above all we had to stay alive,” he refers to the abysmal state of affairs in the neighbouring country. Hanfi was also once a registered refugee.