Afghan Refugees in Iran

Envoy says Iran hosting over 6mn Afghan refugees

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Amir Saeid Iravani, has highlighted Tehran’s endeavors to deal with extremism and underdevelopment in Afghanistan. Iravani said Iran is hosting more than six million Afghans at an annual cost of 10 billion dollars, despite Western sanctions.

Iran defends human rights record, says hosts 8 million Afghan refugees

The secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights and deputy head of the Iranian Judiciary says Iran has received over eight million refugees from neighboring Afghanistan, contrasting the number with the seven to eight million people the US has killed since its establishment.

Interior minister: Iran can take no more Afghan refugees

The Iranian interior minister says Iran is overwhelmed with the influx of Afghan refugees who are a burden on the country’s already-strained resources and sanctions-hit economy.

Afghan migrant dies, four wounded in mine blast on Iran-Iraq border 

A mine explosion on the border between Iran and Iraq claimed the life of an illegal Afghan migrant and injured four others, the governor of the western Iranian town of Mehran said on Friday. 

Acting Afghan FM urges migrants in Iran to return home

The foreign minister of the caretaker government in Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi visited representatives of Afghan migrants in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad on Monday, calling on all Afghans in Iran to return to their homeland as he said the conditions are back to normal.

Afghanistan seeks economic revival to facilitate return of Afghan immigrants

Amir Khan Mottaghi, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, expressed the nation's commitment to creating an environment conducive to the repatriation of Afghan immigrants.

Afghan caretaker govt. envoy thanks Iran for hosting refugees

Mulla Abul Ghani Baradar, the Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan's caretaker government for economic affairs, appreciated Tehran for sheltering Afghan refugees seeking asylum in the Islamic Republic over the past decades.

Iran rejects reports it plans to house Afghan asylum-seekers expelled from Pakistan

An Iranian official has denied reports that a UN authority had announced Afghan asylum-seekers expelled from Pakistan would be housed in Iran.

Iran says to organize Afghan migrants to allay public concerns

An Iranian parliamentarian says a program is underway to organize the presence of Afghan refugees in the country.

Iranian minister: Illegal migrants to be extradited

Iran says it will follow a stricter agenda to extradite illegal foreign migrants, a vast majority of them Afghans, to their home countries and will make the arrangements to organize the legal arrivals.

UN hails Iran’s services to Afghan refugees

The United Nations has admired Iran, as the second largest host of refugees in the world, for its health services to Afghan refugees and has promised support for the future efforts.

Iranian daily warns against security fallout of Afghans’ increased immigration into Iran

An Iranian newspaper has warned against the security repercussions of the growing number of Afghan nationals entering the country.

Afghan migrants in Iran join traditional wrestling tournament in Qom

Afghan nationals residing in Iran have gathered in the city of Qom, south of Tehran, from across the country to join a traditional wrestling competition.

Iran to give residence services to eligible Afghan refugees

The Iranian Interior Ministry says Tehran will give residence services to the eligible Afghan refugees who took part in the 2016 and 2017 censuses.

Official says number of Afghan students in Iran schools rises by 40%

The number of Afghan pupils at Iranian schools has increased by 40 percent to 800k from about 500k in previous years, an Iranian official says.

10 stabbed to death in Iran’s Rafsanjan

An Afghan national has killed six other Afghans and four Iranians in southeastern Iranian county of Rafsanjan in a stabbing spree following what the police called “personal differences”.

UNHCR lauds Iran for supporting refugees

A United Nations refugee agency official has praised Iran for bending over backwards to improve living conditions for millions of refugees during the past four decades and especially after the Taliban takeover in neighboring Afghanistan last year which triggered an influx of refugees.

Iran says illegal immigrants not registered by June 22 will be expelled

The Iranian Interior Ministry says all foreign nationals, who are staying in the country illegally, will be immediately deported if they fail to register with the ministry’s offices for registration of illegal immigrants by Wednesday.

Iran says Afghans failing to take part in census to be deported

Iran’s Interior Ministry says Afghans who fail to participate in an ongoing census for foreigners will be treated as illegal and deported from the country.

Iranian interior minister: Ongoing census mandatory for all Afghans

The Iranian interior minister says it’s mandatory for Afghan nationals living in Iran to take part in an ongoing census in the country.

Iran to register all Afghan refugees

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi says all Afghan refugees in the country will be identified and registered.

Expert: Iranian province bordering Afghanistan faces risk of measles outbreak

An Iranian health expert warns that the country’s northeastern Khorasan Razavi, which borders Afghanistan, is facing the risk of a measles outbreak amid a rise in the cases of the highly-contagious disease in the neighboring country.

Iranian daily warns against influx of Afghan refugees after Mashhad stabbing

An Iranian daily warns against a rise in the number of Afghan refugees arriving in Iran every day, saying the total number of the refugees seeking shelter in the Islamic Republic has reached 8 million so far.

Official: Dozens of measles cases detected in Iran

Iran’s deputy health minister says 164 measles cases have been detected in the country blaming it on the influx of Afghan refugees into Iran.

Iranian interior minister orders extension of Afghan poet’s visa

Iran’s interior minister Ahmad Vahidi has instructed the director general for foreign nationals’ affairs to extend young Afghan poet Najib Barvar’s visa asap.

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