Iran says impossible to accept Afghan immigrants, warns of expulsion

06:10 PM | 9 Apr, 2024
Iran says impossible to accept Afghan immigrants, warns of expulsion

TEHRAN - The government of Iran has announced that it is impossible to accept further Afghan immigrants, warning that unauthorized immigrants would be expelled.

A statement in this regard was issued by the Ministry of Interior on Monday which said that unauthorized individuals, particularly foreign nationals, will be repatriated.

The announcement was made in response to certain websites' attempts to foment anti-Afghan sentiments, although no further explanation was provided.

The government has been visibly hinting at the possibility of a crackdown against illegal immigrants and Ehsan Heidari, the acting head of the Department of Foreign Nationals and Immigrants Affairs of Tehran had also warned of such a crackdown.

In March, the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim News Agency reported the commencement of a police plan aimed at gathering and repatriating unauthorized immigrants from recreational areas in Tehran province.

In recent months, reports of detention and expulsion of foreign nationals from Iran have become increasingly common though it is still not sure whether the targeted individuals belong to Afghanistan or not. 

The influx of Afghan migrants into Iran has ignited debate among citizens and officials as the country wades through economic unrest and also faces security threats.

The exact number of the Afghan diaspora population in Iran varies though it is believed that approximately 780,000 Afghans residing in the country possess official refugee status, iranintl reported.

An expert from the Iranian Parliament's Research Center estimates that Afghan refugees crossing the border and fleeing the Taliban regime, constitute between 6 to 7 million.

Earlier, the government of Pakistan also launched a crackdown against illegal immigrants and expelled such individuals. Though the government clarified that no specific nationality was being targeted, those who had to flee mostly belonged to Afghanistan. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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