Over 3,400 migrants deported by Iran, Pakistan return to Afghanistan

Afghan returnees in Afghanistan. Photo: WFP

KABUL, Afghanistan — Over 3,400 migrants were expelled from Pakistan and Iran in a single day, returning to Afghanistan both “forcibly and voluntarily,” according to a statement from the Taliban-run Ministry of Refugees.

The ministry reported that 3,481 Afghan migrants were deported from Iran and Pakistan on Monday, May 27.

According to the statement, Pakistan forcibly expelled 622 Afghan migrants yesterday.

Simultaneously, Iran deported 2,859 Afghan migrants, both forcibly and voluntarily.

The returnees entered Afghanistan through border crossings in the provinces of Nangarhar, Kandahar, and Herat. The ministry specified that 622 migrants entered via the Torkham and Spin Boldak crossings, while 2,859 arrived through the Islam Qala border in Herat.