UNHCR seeks US$18 million to assist Afghan refugees in Iran
UNHCR is calling for $18 million to meet an anticipated shortfall in its requested funding for Afghan refugees in Iran this year. UNHCR, which runs programmes for Afghan refugees in partnership with the Iranian government, has assessed comprehensive budget needs at $36.8 million. However, to date only around a fifth of that sum has been received.
Voluntary repatriation of Afghans from Iran has slowed in recent years with poor security and economic conditions in Afghanistan. More than a million registered Afghans remain in Iran creating a strain on health, education and other local infrastructure. Iran provides basic health and education services and refugees are also able to earn a living. Due to the recent slower pace of returns, UNHCR has broadened its programme in Iran to better support services pending repatriation.