Refugees can benefit from these services.
Building on the TRAFIG project implemented by SHARP in Pakistan, we are focused on connectivity, resilience, raising of voice and mobility of Afghan refugees. Refugees are facing issues like connectivity, mobility, missing livelihood, communication gap, lack of information, less coordinated efforts by institution and NGOs, representations on forums and less participation in decision making for their future. They are dependent on aid mostly due to less chances of livelihood. Read more
- To strengthen and encourage institutional connectivity of displaced people across the country.
- To encourage communication and collaborations (formal/informal) between NGOs and other humanitarian bodies and agencies.
- To empower refugees by engaging them in decision making, coordination and building connectivity.
- To raise Voice of unvoiced refugees.
- To encourage mobility in material terms between camps & cities.
If you are a refugee in Pakistan, we may be able to assist you.
Who is the audience/ target groups?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The FAQs below will provide you complete guidance.
Under international law, a refugee is someone who is forced to flee their home country to escape persecution or a serious threat to their life, physical integrity or freedom. This may be linked to their race, religion, nationality, political beliefs or membership of a social group. But also, to situations of conflict, violence or public disorder. Refugees are protected by international law and cannot be sent back home if their life or freedom would be at risk.
They can contact SHARP offices located at various cities around Pakistan, The UNHCR’s Head office at Islamabad and at Peshawar and Afghan Consulate. They may contact them in matters of free of cost legal aid and assistance, issues regarding their documentation, registration of their kids in school /colleges, information of their relatives.
The resettlement policy is stopped from 2016.
SHARP deals with Proof of Registration (PoR) cards and with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) issued cards and Protection Letters for Refugees (PLRs).
No, only they can get sim on POR card.
There is no problem in any form of mobility whether it is regional or cross provincial. All valid card holder i.e. POR/ACC/UNHCR can freely move in the country without being stooped unnecessarily. The issues with respect of their harassment are being dealt with by the ALAC teams who are not only readily available to rescue them but also arrange sensitization trainings for government officials to create awareness on the changing policies with respect to the status of the refugees. The identity cards is merely a proof of identity not a travel document.
Repatriation is at all times available for the refugees who are willing to go back to the country of origin. They may contact Voluntary repatriation center (VRC) located at Balelei, Quetta and Azakhel, Nowshera. The one located at Peshawar is inoperative for now. The contact numbers of the center are_________________________________, respectively.
People from around the world can contact SHARP office on their official number www.rcn.org.pk or www.sharp-pakistan.org (Click here) to get connected with their relatives who are refugees in Pakistan. They may get information on their current residence in Pakistan. Also, some record can be gathered from the police officials who register their rent agreements. Information relating refugees can also be taken from areas where refugees occupy space for shelter at peripheral of cities, government allotted land for refugees, camps, educational institutes and afghan elders.
Legal refugees having cards i.e. POR, ACC, UNCHR and PLR certificates can rent houses. Locals usually provide guarantees when legal refugee requires place for rent. Any issues faced while renting a house can be sorted with the legal assistance of SHARP’s lawyers available at different offices at various stations around Pakistan. They help them conclude the agreement on legal grounds and register the same at the concerned police stations.
SHARP Lawyers working under LAP Programme of UNHCR can be contacted on their helpline i.e. ____________________. The helpline service is provided 24/7 to the PoCs.
Yes, Pakistani nationals can marry refugees. Citizenship is granted to female afghan national who marries a Pakistani national under Sub-section 2 of Section 10 of Pakistan Citizenship Act 1951.
Refugees living abroad can find their loved ones by contacting us on our official number and helplines and share the relevant details of the refugees seeking refuge in Pakistan i.e. their name, last known address and their card numbers. Our system will help identify the refugees and upon satisfaction share the information with the relatives.