Since the beginning of this year, the Iranian border commander has overseen the expulsion of over 738,000 “illegal foreign nationals” from Iran.
On Monday, the Iranian border commander, Sardar Ahmad Ali Goodarzi, stated that these migrants had entered Iran illegally.
Afghans constitute the largest immigrant community in Iran, mirroring a similar situation in Pakistan. In recent weeks, Iran and Pakistan have escalated the deportation of Afghan immigrants, reflecting a growing concern over immigration and border control.
Official statistics indicate that around five million Afghans currently reside in Iran. Furthermore, Iran’s Deputy Minister of Justice had previously revealed that the country hosts a staggering 63% of Afghanistan’s refugee population.
This concerted effort to address immigration issues comes after political changes in Afghanistan, with the Taliban assuming power.
Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, millions of Afghan citizens were displaced, leading to a surge in the number of refugees. Many sought shelter in neighbouring countries such as Pakistan and Iran.
This influx of Afghan refugees prompted Iran and Pakistan to implement more stringent measures to manage their immigrant populations as they grappled with the challenges of hosting a substantial number of displaced individuals.