"Ramadan Solidarity mission" to Pakistan by UN refugee chief

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Roghani Refugee Camp in Chaman, Pakistani. UN File Photo/Luke Powell

The head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is in Pakistan, host of the world's largest long-standing refugee population.

António Guterres arrived in the capital, Islamabad, on Monday to express his appreciation for, and solidarity with, the country's government and people.

Pakistan has taken in Afghan refugees for more than three decades, with 1.5 million currently living there.

Dianne Penn has the story.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is in Pakistan on what's being described as a three-day "Ramadan Solidarity mission."

Mr Guterres will express his appreciation to the country which has hosted Afghan refugees for more than 35 years in line with the Islamic values and the long-standing tradition of hospitality.

While more than 90 countries have taken in Afghan refugees, UNHCR says the majority–95 per cent–are being hosted by Pakistan and Iran.

Mr Guterres will also get a first-hand look at the largest ongoing repatriation operation in the agency's history.

The international community has helped nearly 4 million Afghan refugees to return home from Pakistan since 2002.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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