KABUL, June 9 (Xinhua) -- A total of 5,159 Afghan refugees have returned from neighboring Pakistan and Iran, the country's Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation Affairs confirmed on Thursday.
Up to 4,986 Afghans returned via border crossing points in the western Nimroz and neighboring Herat provinces from Iran, and 173 undocumented refugees arrived in the southern Kandahar province from Pakistan, the ministry said in a statement.
Undocumented Afghan migrants have no documentation issued by the country where they are residing.
The ministry noted that 1,880 of the returnees were introduced to the United Nations migration agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to receive assistance and support.
More than 740,000 Afghan refugees have returned or been deported to Afghanistan mainly from neighboring countries since August 2021, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation Affairs. ■