Afghanistan: Information on whether a Mujahedin membership card, a Shenakdi pass or any other eligibility requirement is needed for an Afghan to be admitted to the Peshawar refugee camp in Pakistan
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 August 1993|
|Citation / Document Symbol||AFG14903|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Afghanistan: Information on whether a Mujahedin membership card, a Shenakdi pass or any other eligibility requirement is needed for an Afghan to be admitted to the Peshawar refugee camp in Pakistan, 1 August 1993, AFG14903, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab991c.html [accessed 8 December 2013]|
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According to a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ottawa, Afghan refugees usually do not have ID cards when they come to refugee camps (24 Aug. 1993). Until about three years ago, in order to live in the Peshawar refugee camp, Afghan refugees were required to register with the government of Pakistan, which was running the camp (Ibid). According to the source, there was no specific requirement for admission to the camp (Ibid.). Upon registration, the Pakistani government would issue ID cards to refugees; the UNHCR did not, and still does not, issue ID cards to these refugees. Although ID cards were not required for registration at that time, the source stated that it is possible that Afghan refugees were being "coerced" into registering with Mujahedin groups (Ibid.). The Peshawar refugee camp is currently being run by an NGO, and the Pakistani government no longer issues ID cards to refugees in this camp.
Additional and/or corroborating information on the above subject is currently unavailable to the DIRB.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ottawa. 24 August 1992. Telephone interview with representative.