One million undocumented Afghans to get right to stay in Pakistan

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Afghan migrants freshly arrived at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Chaman, Pakistan. Photo: UNHCR/ Chaman, Pakistan/August, 2015

Pakistan's plan to register up to one million undocumented Afghans living in the country is set to bring "much needed relief" for many refugees unable to return home amid ongoing insecurity, the UN said on Friday.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomed the initiative, which offers protection from arbitrary arrest, detention or deportation.

The scheme began on Thursday in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad and the north-western city of Peshawar, where most undocumented Afghans live, as UNHCR spokesperson Duniya Aslam Khan told Daniel Johnson.

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