Journal of Biosocial Science

Research Article

Size and Sociodemographic characteristics of the Afghan refugee population in Pakistan

Farhat Yusufa1

a1 School of Economic and Financial Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia


Some recent data are presented on the size and selected sociodemographic characteristics of the Afghan refugee population in Pakistan. Although the official figures show that there were 3·27 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan, it is estimated that the actual number may be as high as 3·6 million. There is an excess of females over males, mainly due to war-related activities and excessive casualties particularly among males. While infant and childhood mortality rates are declining and are lower than the levels prevalent in Pakistan, as well as in Afghanistan during the prewar period, the fertility levels among Afghan refugees seem very high indeed.

(Received November 02 1989)