More than 700,000 Afghans leave Iran as economy slows

Iran is witnessing continuous protests against deteriorating economic conditions. (Supplied)

More than 700,000 undocumented Afghans have returned from Iran this year as the Iranian economy tightens, with a knock-on effect on the Afghan economy, according to data from the UN’s migration agency.

In a report covering the period up to December 1, the International Organization for Migration said a total of 752,325 Afghans had returned from Iran and Pakistan, including 721,633 from Iran.

“Undocumented returns from Iran in particular are seeing a massive increase over previous years, largely driven by recent political and economic issues in Iran including massive currency devaluation,” the IOM report said.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:58 - GMT 06:58
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