According to the information of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR), in the past week nearly 6,000 Afghan immigrants have come to Afghanistan from Iran, of which 5,600 were forcibly deported.
“We have asked countries, especially Iran, where Afghan immigrants live to respect the rights of Afghan immigrants based on the Islamic and international law,” said Mohammad Arsalah Kharoti, deputy of the MoRR.
Officials of the Ministry asked Iran and all other countries to respect the rights of refugees and to address their problems.
Many young people are reportedly forced to travel abroad due to economic issues and a lack of employment.
“Two times I went to Iran, and they deported me. I have to go to Iran, there is no work here in Afghanistan,” said Noor Mohammad, an immigrant forcibly deported from Iran.
“Due to economic challenges and lack of employment, I want to go to Iran,” said Abdul Sami, a resident of Kapisa.
Experts on immigration issues urged the Iranian government and refugee protection agencies to stop forcible deportations of Afghan refugees from Iran.
“Since the census process for those Afghans who do not have legal documents started in Iran, the forced deportation has restarted,” said Asifa Stanekzai, an expert on immigrant issues.
Based on the figures provided by the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR), in addition to Iran, 66 families have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan.