ISLAMABAD- Pakistan is the largest refugee-hosting country in the world. It is currently hosting some 1.6 million registered refugees .

According to data released by United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on the World Refugees Day, Afghanistan remains the world's leading home of refugees .

Around 2.6 million Afghan refugees are currently living worldwide with the majority hosted by Pakistan .

Since March 2002, UNHCR has facilitated the return of 3.8 million registered Afghans from

Pakistan under the world's largest voluntary repatriation operation.  

The Government of Pakistan , with UNHCR assistance, has been issuing new refugee cards to more than 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees . These Proof of Registration cards are valid till the end of 2015.

Last year, Pakistan 's Cabinet decided to extend the temporary stay of Afghan refugees . The refugee card is important as it provides for Afghans to legally remain in Pakistan . In addition, it also protects against risks such as extortion, arbitrary arrest and detention as well as deportation under Pakistan 's Foreigner's Act.

UNHCR will focus on improving registration; protection needs assessments and refugee status determination, together with increasing the resettlement options for those unable to repatriate or facing serious protection challenges.