Refugee Law Afghanistan

Millions of Afghans who live outside their country do not have a legal status in their host countries. They often remain marginalised populations who face violations of their rights and experience limited access to legal services and protection. Furthermore, the forced or voluntary repatriation of refugees and their reintegration confront the Afghan state with serious challenges.

The Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation has addressed the precarious situation of displaced Afghans in several ways, and filed an official request with the Max Planck Foundation for support through legal capacity building on legislation and procedures on refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in 2015. Accordingly, the Max Planck Foundation, in cooperation with the Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law, worked closely with ministerial representatives on the conceptualisation of a project entitled “Refugee Law”.

The objective of this project is to increase legal expertise and coordination among Afghan state institutions dealing with issues surrounding displacement. In order to reach this aim, a comprehensive training cycle was designed for officials at the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation and its provincial departments, as well as for other line ministries and local authorities. In addition, courses contribute to strengthening the capacities of staff at Afghan diplomatic missions in host countries that deal with the majority of international displacement, such as Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. This training cycle focuses on the international legal framework, relevant domestic legislation, protection mechanisms as well as policies in Afghanistan and in host countries.

Equipped with extensive knowledge of refugee law and related issues of displacement, these Afghan stakeholders will attain a higher degree of credibility and acceptance among the parties with which they cooperate. In this way, these trainings contribute to the assurance of a future in which the roles of intermediary organisations may be reduced, and where Afghan authorities are able to respond to specific problems faced by displaced persons without the need for foreign support.


German Foreign Office


1 February 2016 – 31 December 2016

Local Partners

  • Afghanistan Civil Service Institute (ACSI)
  • Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC)
  • Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC)
  • Capacity Building for Results (CBR)

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