U.S. Committee for Refugees World Refugee Survey 2001 - Turkmenistan
|Publisher||United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants|
|Publication Date||20 June 2001|
|Cite as||United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, U.S. Committee for Refugees World Refugee Survey 2001 - Turkmenistan , 20 June 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3b31e16a14.html [accessed 13 July 2014]|
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Turkmenistan hosted some 18,500 refugees and asylum seekers at the end of 1999. A large majority, 17,000, were Tajiks; another 1,500 were Afghans. The government newly recognized 375 Afghans as refugees during the year. More than 2,300 refugees repatriated from Turkmenistan in 1999, including some 2,200 Tajiks and a small number of Afghans and Azeris.
Most of the refugees from Tajikistan in Turkmenistan were ethnic Turkomans who entered between 1992-94. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), they "were integrated to the extent that they did not need individual protection documents" from UNHCR.