Iran Deported 5,600 Afghan Nationals in Past Week: Officials

The Taliban-led government said that 5,600 Afghans were forcibly deported from Iran in the past week.

Deputy Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR), Mohammad Arsalah Kharoti said that 6,000 Afghan immigrants returned home in which 5,600 of them were forcibly deported.

Kharoti asked Iran to stop the deportation and respect the rights of migrants based on the Islamic and international law.

“Not only Iran, but we call upon all the countries to respect the rights of refugees and address their problems accordingly,” Kharoti added.  

Many Afghans crossed into Iran, especially after the Taliban takeover of Kabul in mid-August to escape violence and a shattered economy.

“I went to Iran two times and I was repeatedly deported,” said Noor Mohammad, an immigrant deported from Iran.

Another resident from Kapisa province, Abdul Sami said that he wants to go to Iran due to economic challenges and zero job opportunities.

“Iran has to stop the forcible deportation of Afghan refugees and international refugee protection agencies must intervene,” said Asifa Stanekzai, an expert on immigrant issues.

Additionally, 66 families have also returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan during the span of time.  

After the collapse of western-backed Kabul government, millions of Afghans went to the two neighboring countries Pakistan and Iran to escape Taliban harsh rule.

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