Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on Thursday said that 1.4 Afghan refugees have returned to the country from Iran in the past 18 months.
Authorities at the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation said that the majority of the returnees were expelled by the Iranian police.
Statistics indicate that each day three to four thousand Afghans return from Iran through the Islam Qala border in Herat.
“There is unemployment and misery in Iran. Iranian police expel (Afghans). Iranian authorities do not help those Afghans who are sick or have other problems, Afghans face lots of issues there,” said Ismail, a returnee.
“I was sick and hardly managed to find a pack of medicine. They were not giving us sufficient food at camps,” said Sahar Gul, an Afghan who has returned from Iran.
Murtaza is another returnee who was expelled along with her six-year-old child. Three other members of her family were also expelled recently.
“All Afghans go to Iran to find a job, if there is peace in our country, the people will live in peace and comfort, but all people move abroad because of unemployment,” said Murtaza.
“In 2020 we recorded 890,000 returnees from all countries, but the majority had returned from Iran. In 2021, we recorded the return of 490,000 people exclusively from Iran,” said Abdul Basit Ansari, a spokesman for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation.
“Fighting is underway in Shindand district, 4000 families were recently displaced from the area, no NGO or government supported us, no one takes care of our problems,” said Ghulam Sakhi, a resident in Herat.
“We escaped due to war, it is now 40 years that the country has been at war, we do not want further war, we call on the warring sides to not oppress the people further,” said Abdul Latif, a resident in the Adraskan district of Herat.