Iran deports over 13,800 Afghan migrants in past 10 days

Afghan nationals in Islam Qala border town, Herat province. File photo.

TEHRAN, Iran — Over the last 10 days, Iranian authorities have deported 13,852 Afghan immigrants, as reported by Iranian media.

Majid Shoja, commander of Iran’s Khorasan Razavi border police, confirmed the figures, stating that Iran will persist in deporting undocumented immigrants.

Iranian media reports indicate that in the past nine months, about 520,000 undocumented Afghan immigrants have been expelled from the country.

Following the collapse of Afghanistan’s republic government in August 2021, approximately 1.6 million Afghans have migrated to neighboring countries, with nearly one million seeking refuge in Iran.

United Nations statistics reveal that around 3.5 million Afghan citizens reside in Iran, the majority being undocumented migrants.