South Korea Pledges $2.5m To Support Afghan Refugees in Iran

The government of South Korea announced $2.5 million humanitarian cooperation in support to the Afghan refugees in Iran, the country’s ambassador said.

South Korea’s envoy to Iran, Yun Kahghyeon signed agreement of cooperation with representatives of the two UN agencies, in the presence of the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Stefan Priesner.

“Korea will remain as a staunch supporter of the UN and the host country of Iran in the spirit of burden-sharing,” Mr. Yun said, hoping the new donation contributes to coping with the crisis and ameliorates the living standards of the newly arriving Afghans and the local people.

Mr. Priesner said the UN agencies will cooperate to support Iran in the best way possible way in a bid to find joint solutions to the migrant crisis, not only in Iran but the entire region.

Ivo Freijsen, the UNHCR Representative in Iran said that vulnerabilities of Afghans in Iran are increasing, and appreciated the Korea for their support in helping provide life-saving assistance to asylum-seekers.

“UNHCR continues to appeal for adequate measures to be put in place to welcome newly arriving Afghan asylum-seekers in Iran, and this important contribution will help humanitarian organizations do exactly this,” Freijsen added. 

It is estimated that up to 300,000 Afghan asylum-seekers have fled to Iran this year alone in search of safety, while UNHCR has only been able to screen some 25,500 newly arrived Afghans for protection needs. 

Iran already hosts an estimated 3.5 million Afghans for many years.

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