Nearly 4,000 refugees return from Pakistan, Iran

A group of Afghan migrants deported from Pakistan. File photo.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Nearly 4,000 migrants were deported or voluntarily returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan and Iran within the past two days, according to the Taliban-run Ministry of Refugees.

The ministry stated that 2,769 refugees returned through the Islam Qala port from Iran on Tuesday, May 21.

Additionally, 665 refugees deported by Pakistan over the past two days returned through the Torkham gate.

The statement added that the refugees were referred to aid organizations for assistance. Some children deported without their parents by Iran were introduced to UN agencies to facilitate their reunification with family members.

Pakistan began its second phase of refugee deportations in mid-April, while Iran has also increased efforts to deport Afghans residing without “legal documents.”