Afghans make up one of the largest refugee populations worldwide. There are 2.6 million registered Afghan refugees in the world, of whom 2.2 million are registered in Iran and Pakistan alone. Another 3.5 million people are internally displaced, having fled their homes searching for refuge within the country. In light of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in 2021, the number of people fleeing will likely continue to rise.
Afghanistan has suffered more than 40 years of conflict, natural disasters, chronic poverty and food insecurity. Facing an ongoing humanitarian crisis, the resilience of refugees, internally displaced people and host communities is slowly reaching its limit.
UNHCR’s work in Afghanistan focuses on protecting the most vulnerable and assisting newly displaced Afghans with life-saving shelter, food, water and core relief items, both within Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. Together with our partners, we are committed to staying on the ground and delivering our emergency response as long as we can access those in need.
For information about our work in Afghanistan:
- For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Afghanistan? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.
Are you looking for data on displacement in Afghanistan? Visit the UNHCR data portal for the latest data and statistics on refugees and other displaced persons.
For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Afghanistan, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.