Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Iran threatens to deport over 1 million Afghan refugees

The director of Iran’s Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants, Seyyed Taghi Ghaemi, said on Monday that all Afghan refugees without valid documents will be deported, the United Nations’s IRIN news agency reported the next day.

Deportations from Iran had been halted during early January because of the harsh weather in Afghanistan, but the process now looks to be beginning again. According to Iranian estimates, over one-half of the Afghan refugee population in Iran is there illegally. The U.N has acknowledged Iran’s right to deport illegal aliens, but it has called for this process to be gradual and humane.

A massive influx of poor individuals back into Afghanistan, a war-torn nation with an underdeveloped infrastructure, would leave many returnees without the resources necessary to meet their basic needs.

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