Afghanistan: Over 1,700 migrants return from Iran in 24 hours

The Taliban-run Ministry of Refugees reported on Thursday that 1,764 migrants returned to Afghanistan from Iran through the Islam Qala border town on Wednesday, November 29.

According to the ministry, these immigrants, categorized as returning either forcibly or voluntarily, entered the country within a 24-hour period.

In a statement on X, the ministry specified that 273 of these individuals were directed to the International Organization for Migration office to receive assistance.

This development unfolds amidst Iran’s interior minister announcing on Wednesday the expulsion of undocumented Afghan immigrants. Tehran emphasized that the Taliban should establish suitable conditions for the return of Afghan migrants to their homeland.

Iranian media, quoting Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, reported that approximately five million Afghan immigrants currently reside in Iran. Despite the ongoing deportation threat, more than 2,000 Afghan immigrants are reportedly being deported from Iran or voluntarily returning to Afghanistan daily.