More than 4000 Afghans Returned to Country From Iran

KABUL (khaama Pres): Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on Tuesday announced that 4,297 Afghan nationals returned to the country from Iran.

The returnees entered Afghanistan through the ‘Abrishum’ land route in Nimruz province and ‘Islamqala’ in western Herat province earlier today.

The ministry of refugees and repatriation has also reported on the detention of some 400 Afghan citizens in Iran.

The Taliban authorities have still not confirmed whether the fresh returnees were forcefully deported or they left Iran willingly.

After the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized power, thousands of Afghans migrated to the neighboring countries including Iran and Pakistan, mostly without having legal documents including a stay permit and visa.

Meanwhile, the Iranian government forcefully extradites those Afghan refugees who fail to provide legal stay documents.

In response to the recent deportation, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a private organization called ‘Osta’ to create employment opportunities for more than a thousand needy families in the recent past.

Some experts have described the main reason for the migration of Afghan nationals to the neighboring countries as extreme poverty, unemployment, lack of job security, and political instability.

Prior to this, the authorities of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation reported the return of some 3,000 Afghan migrants, a majority of who were forced to leave, while others left Iran of their own will.

Over the past couple of weeks, Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan have extradited thousands of Afghan refugees for failing to provide legal stay permits (visas). While in Afghanistan, under the Taliban regime, a large majority of the Afghan populace suffers dire poverty, hunger, unemployment, instability, and isolation.