Community Structures – Lahore

There are no community structures for refugees in urban settings although community meetings do take place in Hujra’s, business points and the SHARP (UNHCR RSD IP) office in Lahore.

The general relationship with the host community is peaceful and members of both communities often work together in businesses.

There are occasionally issues resulting from xenophobia and the trigger is usually the perception of the additional burden of Afghan refugees on the country of asylum’s economy.

Most of the refugee population are aware of the refugee specific services that are available (e.g. VRC, RSD and ALAC).

Refugees in Lahore would benefit from the establishment of more formal community structures, particularly in localities in which Afghan refugees are clustered.