How to get asylum in Afghanistan? Protection for Afghan people and anyone else in Afghanistan

Contact Awaaz Afghanistan and ask information on where to find asylum or protection in Afghanistan or elsewhere. Another source of information can be the UN Agency for Refugees, UNHCR, in Afghanistan.

How to get asylum in Afghanistan?

You can get information about getting asylum or protection in Afghanistan at Awaaz Afghanistan.

You can call Awaaz from Afghanistan at the free number 410 .

They are open from 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week, Female and male agents will answer to you and they speak Dari, Pashto, Urdu, English, and more.

Here is a list of possible answers to questions to UNHCR Afghanistan that you might have if you are looking for asylum or protection in Afghanistan.

You can contact the UN Agency for Refugees, UNCHR, in Afghanistan, at the their protection hotlines available on all working days

0791990225,

0790691746 and

0704996168 

You can also use UNHCR protection email afgkaprt@unhcr.org.   

I am an Afghan citizen. Is it possible for UNHCR to register me or grant me refuge in Afghanistan?

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) can only register Afghan individuals as refugees or asylum seekers once they have left Afghanistan and are seeking protection in another country. UNHCR is unable to register you if you are still in Afghanistan and are an Afghan citizen.

If I decide to leave Afghanistan, what should I do?

If you determine that staying in Afghanistan is no longer safe, you should put your safety first while considering your choices. It is advised that you seek information from the UNHCR, the government, or other trustworthy sources before deciding where you and your family can seek asylum.

Can the UNHCR assist me in leaving Afghanistan?

The UNHCR has little capacity to assist Afghan nationals inside Afghanistan, and it is unable to assist persons who wish to escape the country with travel fees or logistics.

What should I do now that I’ve returned home from Afghanistan?

If you have fled Afghanistan, you can seek assistance from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or the government refugee agency of the country you are in for information on services, asylum, and how to apply for asylum or protection.

Some systems for responding to new arrivals are still being developed, and the processes vary greatly depending on the country.

Please visit the pages of the country you are in or are visiting for more information.

I’ve heard of specific programmes established by other countries to assist Afghans who worked with or for them in travelling to their countries. Is UNHCR Afghanistan able to assist me in gaining access to these programmes?

Afghan nationals who have worked or been linked with certain nations have recently been given the opportunity to apply for visas to visit such countries. These programmes are run by the nations themselves, and the UNHCR does not refer persons to them or handle applications.

There may be additional programmes available now or in the near future. UNHCR will try to keep this list up to date as new state-sponsored programmes become available.

On our Relocation Programs page, you may learn more about each nation and the programmes that are offered.


Afghan refugees are Afghan people who have fled their country due to severe wars or persecution. The first wave of internal displacement and refugee flow from Afghanistan into neighbouring Iran and Pakistan was triggered by the 1978 Saur Revolution, which was followed by the Soviet invasion, the Afghan Civil War and the US and NATO invasion.

Afghans who have been internally displaced

In Afghanistan, there are about one million internally displaced persons. The majority of people are displaced as a result of military actions and violence by opposing factions, while large natural catastrophes also play a role.

Approximately 2 million Afghans were internally displaced as a result of the Soviet invasion, largely from rural to urban areas. The Afghan Civil War (1992–96) triggered a new wave of internal displacement, with many Afghans fleeing Taliban-controlled districts to northern towns. Insecurity and violence continue to plague Afghanistan, resulting in a surge in internal displacement.