The push for Afghan refugees continues as Iran deported more than 7,000 migrants last week

KABUL: As Afghanistan remains in the grip of a humanitarian crisis, Iran has expelled more than 7,000 Afghan refugees in the past week, the Taliban-led Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation said on Thursday.
Previously, Iran’s ambassador was in Kabul Bahadur Aminiansaid about 3,000 Afghans enter Iran illegally a day and the same number travel to Iran with visas and legal documents.
“Most of those who go to Iran through illegal means face the risk of human trafficking and lack of services,” Aminian said.
According to Khaama Press, before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, there were about 3.4 million refugees living in Iran, of whom about 2 million lacked the necessary documents, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.UNHCR).
Over the past five years, Afghanistan’s situation in the region has been peculiar, and the number of forcibly displaced people has been steadily increasing every year. Last year, the situation in Afghanistan deteriorated sharply – by the end of the year, the number of forcibly displaced persons increased by 12 percent compared to the end of 2020.
In Afghanistan, the number of internally displaced persons has increased rapidly over the past 5 years. Globally, Afghanistan remains the sixth largest internally displaced country and the largest internally displaced population in Asia and the Pacific (3.5 million), a 20 percent increase over the previous year.
By the end of 2021, 7,77,000 Afghans had been newly displaced during the year due to conflict and insecurity in Afghanistan. 58 percent of Afghanistan’s internally displaced population are children under the age of 18, and 21 percent are women.
A UNHCR report has argued that durable solutions for Afghans include voluntary repatriation, resettlement in a third country, local integration, naturalization and return to their place of origin before resettlement.
In an earlier statement, Amnesty International called on all countries to stop deporting Afghan migrants to Turkey or Iran, where they face imprisonment, torture, other ill-treatment and forced deportation to Afghanistan.