Tehran allows Iranian asylum seekers in Australia to return home – envoy
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 3
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Tehran has granted permission to Iranian asylum seekers in Australia to return home.
"All Iranians aiming to return home can make use of this service and we will receive them openly following the authentication process," ISNA news agency quoted Iranian Ambassador to Australia Abdolhossein Vahaji as saying.
He estimated that some 9000 Iranians are seeking asylum in Australia, though their fate remains unclear.
Earlier in June, Iranian and Australian officials met in Canberra to discuss the Iranian asylum seekers held in immigration detention by Australian. In the meeting, the officials discussed a proposal offering Iranian asylum seekers with the opportunity to be returned, based upon agreements set forth in a memorandum of understanding between the two countries.
Almost 300 Iranian asylum seekers are on Manus Island and 166 on Nauru. Another 440 Iranians are in detention centers on the Australian mainland, while 8000 have been issued bridging visas.