Iran to Send Afghan Refugees Packing

A02055181.jpgIran says it will send some 1 mln Afghan refugees back to their embattled homeland this month. Iranian Press TV reported the refugees have already been told to get themselves and their possessions ready to move out in the near future.

Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi was quoted as saying repatriation had been stalled by winter weather and budget limitations.

He also said “illegal” Afghan immigrants would each get about $100 for their trip home, a policy that will cost Iran about 200 bln rials ($21.6 mln) for the repatriation of 1 mln people.

Iran has been detaining and deporting refugees this year, but Afghans continue entering the country.

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