Afghanistan’s displaced people: 2014 and beyond

FMR 46
May 2014

2014 is widely seen as marking a watershed for Afghanistan with its legacy of 35 years of conflict and one of the world’s largest populations in protracted displacement. International military forces are being withdrawn and the country is ‘in transition’, and there is still considerable uncertainty about the capacity of the country to address the challenges of return, integration and reintegration, protection, access to rights, and continuing displacement. FMR 46 contains 21 articles on Afghanistan, plus a mini-feature on Statelessness.

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Mini-feature on Statelessness – available as separate PDF (pictured right): The four articles in this FMR mini-feature discuss how and why statelessness affects many people, present some of the work that is being done to improve the situation, and analyse continuing obstacles to ensuring the enjoyment of human rights for all. In addition to the articles, there are three ‘snapshots’ of stateless people in Europe. This 16-page mini-feature is online as a separate PDF at  It is also available in PRINT in English, French, Arabic and Spanish. Email for copies.

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We would like to thank Susanne Schmeidl of The Liaison Office (Afghanistan) and Dan Tyler of the Norwegian Refugee Council for their exceptional assistance and input as special advisors on the feature theme of this issue. We would also like to thank the following organisations for their generous financial support: Norwegian Refugee Council, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)/Swiss Cooperation Office - Afghanistan, UN-Habitat, UNHCR Office in Afghanistan and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

We also wish to thank Laura van Waas of the Statelessness Programme, Tilburg University Law School, for her collaboration on the Statelessness mini-feature, and the Open Society Justice Initiative and UNHCR’s Department of International Protection for funding it.