A European lawmaker, in a rebuke to the European Union, said Iran gets sanctions instead of financial support for hosting millions of Afghan refugees amid a new influx of civilians pouring into Afghanistan’s neighboring countries.
When an Afghan refugee boy was one of the top matriculation exam scorers in Mardan, in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, last month, Asma Rahimi said she was happy for him, but that the feeling was bittersweet.
Iran has been generously welcoming Afghan immigrants for 40 years, but Western countries, that are the many causes of the Afghan people’s tragedies, must also fulfill their obligations in this regard, said the Iranian deputy foreign minister.
The government of Japan has supported efforts to promote education, livelihood opportunities and access to health care for Afghan refugees in Iran so they may be healthy and better equipped to contribute to the Afghan society when they choose to return in a safe and dignified manner, UNHCR announced.
They number between two and three million; some have lived in makeshift shelters for just a few months, while others have roots that stretch much further back into history. Most fled to escape war, others simply ran away from joblessness.