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2.5 million Afghans live in Iran legally: Interior Ministry

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The Interior Ministry director for foreign nationals says about 2.5 million Afghans live in Iran legally. "Currently about 2.5 million Afghans are living legally in the country," Mohammad Tahavori told reporters on Tuesday.

Photos: Afghan Immigrants' Camp in Torbat-e Jam, Iran

Iran has started an effort to regulate the entrance, exit, settlement, and employment of Afghan refugees.

He said 1.5 million refugees had previously been registered and received identification cards and passports.

Iran has been hosting millions of Afghan refugees since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

Iran has also borne the brunt of drug trafficking from Afghanistan.

Photos: Underground School for Afghan Children in Kerman, Iran

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