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Iran Continues Deporting Afghan Refugees in Large Numbers

Iran has deported nearly 14,000 undocumented Afghan refugees over the past nine months, according to media quoting from Iranian border officials.

The Iranian state news agency IRNA on Monday, June 19, published a comprehensive report, stating that at least 13,897 undocumented Afghan nationals who were illegally residing in the country were handed over to Afghan officials through the Dogharun border.

Since the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021, Afghanistan’s two immediate neighbors including Iran and Pakistan witnessed unprecedented waves of migration, most of whom feared persecution and death threats from the Taliban regime.  

However, contrary to normal standards and international principles, these two countries have persistently mistreated Afghan migrants and have been accused by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) of violating refugee rights.   

In a separate report titled “Iran, a decent destination for asylum seekers” on the occasion of ‘World Refugee Day’ on June 20, IRNA claims that roughly 5.5-7 million Afghan migrants either legally or illegally reside in this country.  

Meanwhile, both Iran and Pakistan have continuously incarcerated, detained and forcefully deported Afghan refugees in large numbers in the recent past due to failing to provide legal stay permits or valid visas.