Over 2,800 Afghan migrants expelled from Iran, Pakistan in two days

Afghan returnees in Afghanistan. Photo: WFP

ISLAM QALA, Afghanistan — Pakistan and Iran have expelled more than 2,800 Afghan migrants over the past two days, according to a statement from the Taliban’s Ministry of Refugees.

The ministry reported that on Friday, April 26, approximately 1,022 migrants were forcibly returned to Afghanistan from Iran through the Islam Qala border crossing in Herat.

Additionally, more than 825 Afghan migrants were forcibly deported from Pakistan via the Torkham border crossing on Saturday, April 27, the ministry stated.

The ministry also noted that 100 families, comprising 527 individuals, were expelled from Pakistan and entered Afghanistan through the Spin Boldak crossing in Kandahar on the same day. The deportees included 23 individuals who had been released from prisons in Pakistan.

This expulsion marks the second phase of Pakistan’s forced deportation of Afghan migrants.