Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation announced that more than 65,000 Afghan refugees returned to the country from Iran through Pul-e-Abresham port in Nimruz province over the past month.
The refugee department of Nimruz province’s data shows an increase in the number of refugees returning to the country from Iran in the past weeks.
Over the past month, at least 64,151 Afghan migrants repatriated to the country through the Pul-e-Abresham crossing point according to Mawlavi Abdullah Ryaz the head of refugee and repatriations of Nimroz, reported by Bakhtar news agency.
Some of the returnees were introduced to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to receive necessary aid, according to Taliban officials.
Taliban officials relate the increasing number of Afghan refugees returning from Iran and Pakistan to the overall security improvement in Afghanistan.
However, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that the continuous return of Afghan refugees from neighboring countries is closely linked to the rising inflation and lack of employment opportunities in the host countries.
This comes as the influx of Afghan refugees once again increased to the neighboring countries of Iran and Pakistan after the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021.
In the recent past, the Taliban’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation has repeatedly reported on the return of Afghan citizens from Pakistan and Iran. Some of these refugees have been forcefully deported, and others willingly left the host countries, according to a statement by the Taliban officials.