Community Structures – Karachi

In Karachi, the refugee population mostly lives in scattered urban locations with very limited community structures. However in district Malir in union councils 4 and 5 there are larger refugee populations with organised committees. The committees are organised thematically and include protection, education, health and water & sanitation. Meetings with the refugee community are held in local schools or mosques.

Relationships with the host community are often tense. To a certain extent this is mitigated by interpersonal relationships between the refugee community and specific sectarian or ethnic groups within the host community e.g. the Ismaili sect through the Agha Khan network and the relatively close relationships between Afghan and Pakistani Pashtuns.

The majority of the refugee population are well informed about the refugees’ rights and services that are available (e.g. RSD & 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.