Smart card registration campaign for Afghan refugees ends-a global issue

The agency commends the Pakistani government’s campaign across the countryBabar Baloch, a spokesman for the agency, told reporters in Geneva.

“After a short pilot, the event was supported UNHCR, Starting on April 15, 2021, and ending on December 31, 2021,” he said.

This includes 200,000 children under five who are registered by their refugee parents.

ID card

Document updates and information verification activities-officially called DRIVE-also provided smart ID cards for refugees.

“To date, more than 700,000 new smart ID cards have been issued. The remaining cards will be printed and distributed in early 2022,” Mr. Baloch said.

These cards are valid until June 30, 2023, contain biometric data, and are technically compatible with the system used to verify national identity in Pakistan.

The new smart ID card is an indispensable protection tool for Afghan refugees, enabling them to access medical and educational facilities and banking services faster and more securely“, the UNHCR spokesperson explained.

Tailor assistance

DRIVE also provides Afghan refugees with the opportunity to flag any specific protection needs or weaknesses.

“More detailed information on the socio-economic data of refugees will help provide better targeted assistance in Pakistan and provide support for refugees’ decision to return to their homes when conditions permit,” the UN official said.

During the DRIVE period, more than 40 verification sites were in operation across Pakistan, and mobile registration vehicles provided convenience to Afghan refugees living in remote areas.

From strengthening hygiene to maintaining physical distance and arranging a certain number of appointments every day, insist on taking strict measures during the exercise to reduce Coronavirus disease risk.

Spread the word

Also carried out mass propaganda activities Explain to Afghan refugees the purpose of the movement and how they participated.

DRIVE is part of a broader effort to assist and protect Afghan refugees, including through Afghan refugee settlement strategy (SSAR) Support platform.

SSAR was launched in 2019 to help refugee host countries while also seeking to invest in refugee return areas in Afghanistan.