Iran’s Qomi Asks Afghan Immigrants to Return to Their Country

The Iranian ambassador and special representative to Afghanistan, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, asked Afghan immigrants to return to their country.

In an interview with Iranian media, Qomi asked Afghan immigrants to contribute to the economic growth of Afghanistan by returning to their country.

Referring to the US’s presence in Afghanistan, he said that the Afghan migration crisis was caused by the United States’s approach in Afghanistan.

“We have more than six million Afghan brothers and sisters here,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that the forced deportation and detention of immigrants by some countries had led to a strain in the relations between the countries.

Mujahid asked all host countries to treat Afghan immigrants in accordance with international laws.

“What creates mistrust between the two nations is when migrants are mistreated, detained or forcibly deported. In this regard, we want Iran’s interaction, that they should maintain the normal situation and not use pressure against the immigrants,” the spokesman said.

“The host countries of Afghan migrants, especially neighboring countries and Turkey, have adopted strict policies towards migrants,” said Mohammad Khan Talebi, an expert on migrant affairs.

Some Afghan immigrants living in Iran criticized the bad treatment of Afghan immigrants by Iranian police.

“Afghan immigrants are oppressed by the Iranian police; They are treated in a way that not even animals are treated,” said Akbar, an Afghan immigrant in Iran.

“Most immigrants in Iran are facing unemployment, and those immigrants who do not have legal documents to live in Iran are deprived of citizenship rights such as owning a house, going to school, and traveling freely,” said Mirwais, another Afghan immigrant in Iran.

According to data from the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, in a single day, more than 1,500 immigrants from the Islam Qala border were forcefully and voluntarily sent back to their country.

Iran’s Qomi Asks Afghan Immigrants to Return to Their Country