HERAT CITY (SW) – Officials in Herat said on Saturday the economic constraints and other reasons are forcing thousands of Afghan refugees on daily basis to flee.
Jawed Nadim, director refugees and repatriates, told a press conference that last year up to 122,000 refugees returned from Iran in the first nine months of the year, however, this figure surged to 255,000 in the first nine months of the current year.
He added among the repatriated refugees, 156,000 were forced to leave Iran. He added children, women, drug addicts and disabled persons are among them. Nadim expressed fears the provincial administration cannot cope with the mass influx of the repatriated refugees from Iran.
In the meantime, Jailan Farhad, spokesman for the governor, said talks were held with the Iranian officials that have helped slowdown the repatriation of the refugees. He added the directorate of refugees and repatriation has been directed to ensure the deportees reach their respective provinces.