Illegal Afghan Migrants Must Return To Their Country, Says Iran's Interior Minister

Wednesday, 02/21/2024

Ahmad Vahidi, the Interior Minister of the Islamic Republic, has stated that illegal Afghan migrants must return to their country and contribute to its reconstruction.

Vahidi emphasised that Iran had previously announced that illegal migrants must be expelled from the country.

According to Tasnim News Agency, on Wednesday, he told reporters that a bill has been prepared to address illegal migrants and has been submitted to the Islamic Consultative Assembly for approval.

The Islamic Republic's Interior Minister mentioned the distribution of cards to Afghan migrants, stating that these cards have been prepared and are in the process of being distributed.

This comes after the National Immigration Administration of Iran announced a residency scheme for migrants, under which migrants can obtain residency by paying 100 million tomans.

Following the Taliban's ascension to power in Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan refugees fled to various countries, including Iran and Pakistan. Both countries have expelled thousands of refugees in recent months and returned them to Afghanistan. It has been reported that the Islamic Republic has recently intensified the expulsion of refugees.

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