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Iranian Official Warns Over Influx Of Afghan Refugees

Source: REF/RL

The governor of Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan Province, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, has warned that the country needs to be prepared for a new wave of would-be Afghan migrants.

cartoon by Mohammadreza Saghafi, Iranian daily Ghanoon

"Unfortunately, because of threats and insecurity in several areas in Afghanistan, we are witnessing a growing flood of Afghan migrants," Ali Osat Hashemi was quoted as saying by Iranian news agencies.

Hashemi said all provinces in the country must be prepared for the arrival of Afghan migrants.

"We must take further steps" to deal with the influx, he said.

Iran has been hosting more than 2 million registered and unregistered refugees from Afghanistan.

Some of the illegal refugees have been deported back to their country.

Based on reporting by IRNA, AFP

Copyright (c) 2015 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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