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Community Structures – Abbottabad

There are no community structures for refugees in urban settings. Nevertheless, the general relationship with the host community is friendly.

Most refugees in this area have no knowledge about their rights or about organizations working for their betterment. The refugees overall situation could be improved in this area by raising awareness within the community about what services are available and refugees’ rights.

Community Structures – Islamabad

In Islamabad and Rawalpindi, xenophobia exists and while no direct offenses against the refugee community are practiced, the relationship with the host community remains tense.

The vast majority of the refugee population are well aware of the available services (e.g. RSD and ALAC). However, refugees know little about RAHA projects and more information could be disseminated about these projects. Also, the host population could benefit from a better understanding of refugees’ rights. Opportunities to achieve this abound and include inviting the host population to world refugee day and other refugee related activities.

The community structures for Afghan refugees in Islamabad and Rawalpindi also remain surprisingly limited.