Officials in the western province of Nimroz said that nearly 190,000 Afghan refugees have been deported from Iran within the past six months.
The officials added that they have provided assistance to at least 68,000 refugees that have returned from Iran.
“Over the past six months, more than 68,258 refugees who were deported via Nimroz port were provided with aid,” said Sadiqullah Nasrat, head of provincial department of Refugees and Repatriation.
The refugees who were deported by Iran expressed frustration over challenges they have faced there.
“I hope our country is developed and job opportunities are created for youth. I have witnessed a lot of problems in Iran,” said Abdul Ghafor, a deportee.
“I have not seen any happy days. I was always after work and the I was kicked out,” said Khudad, a deportee.
The analysts believe that if the job opportunities are created in the country, the people will not turn to illegal immigration.
“The government should provide job opportunities for these youth so they will not be forced to leave the country,” said Fahim Faramarz, an economist.
This comes as hundreds of Afghans are fleeing Afghanistan on a daily basis due to rising poverty in the country.