100,000 of Afghan refugees to leave Iran voluntarily
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 16 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
About 100,000 of refugees from Afghanistan will be leaving Iran for their homeland this current Iranian year, Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdullahi said today, Mehr reported.
Abdullahi said that during the last Iranian year, about 50,000 Afghan refugees already left Iran voluntarily for Afghanistan.
Abdullahi made the remarks during the Meeting of the Trilateral Commission,where representatives of Iran, Afghanistan and the UN participated.
The meeting discussed the issue of voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees, that currently reside in Iran.
Abdullahi said there will be appropriate infrastructure available for the refugess, when they arrive in Afghanistan.
He noted, that in 2010, about 1.4 million of illegal Afghan refugees have been registered in Iran, and in order to remain legally in Iran, they would have needed a passport and visa. About 1,000 of them registered for a visa online.
"About 1.3 million people came as volunteers for their visas, and thus far, about 780,000 people have received their identification cards in Iran," Abdullahi said.
Speaking of voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees, Abdullahi said that for those who are going back to Afghanistan, Iran is ready to assist them.
"As for those, who would need to legally live and work in Iran, they would need to go to Afghanistan and get their permission there. If they are, for some reasons, unable to do it, they can do it here in Iran, "Abdullahi noted.