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Afghan Refugees in Iran Face Problems to ‘Buy Bread’: Shargh Daily

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

The Iranian government stopped issuing special bank cards to Afghan refugees some time ago, making it difficult for them to buy bread from bakeries, Shargh Daily reported.

The newspaper has also highlighted that Afghan refugees are faced with similar restrictions to benefit from other public services in Iran.

Shargh Daily on Sunday published a report stating that it is still unknown why the relevant officials at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs are not taking decisive actions in this regard.

“If the relevant officials are not happy with the increasing number of Afghan refugees, they should deter the country’s immigration policy to avoid the influx of migrants. If such policies are not on the agenda, the restrictions negatively affecting the lives of the most vulnerable segment of the society are useless,” the report stated.

Over the past four decades, prolonged conflict, instability and poverty have forced Afghans at different stages to migrate to different countries, including Iran and Pakistan. the Iranian government claims to have hosted more than five million Afghans.  

The newspaper adds that Afghan nationals currently residing in Iran are faced with challenges of a different kind.

It is also reported that more than 600,000 Afghan students are studying at different levels in schools and universities in Iran.  

If Afghan nationals complete their high school in Iran and wish to take a university entrance exam, they will have to go to Afghanistan and retune with an Afghan passport to enroll in university and pursuer degree programs.

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