752,325 total returns from Iran and Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018
721,633 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018
30,692 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018
12,965 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
617 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
6% of returnees from Iran (817 individuals) assisted
89% of returnees from Pakistan (550 individuals) assisted
Return from Iran
A total of 12,965 undocumented Afghans spontaneously returned or were deported from Iran through the Milak (Nimroz) and Herat (Islam Qala) border crossings between 25 Nov - 01 Dec 2018, 24% less than in the previous week (17,031). This brings the total number of undocumented returnees from Iran since 01 January 2018 to 721,633.
IOM provided post-arrival humanitarian assistance to 817 (6%) undocumented Afghans deported from Iran at its Transit Centers in Nimroz and Herat, including 84 Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC), 99 Medical Cases (MC), 41 members of Single Parent Families (SP), 3 Single Females (SF), 10 Physically Disabled (PD), 92 Special Cases (SC), 15 member of Poor Families (PF) and 17 Unaccompanied Elderly (UE), 18 Drug Addicted (DA) and 2 Chronically Ill (CI)
Since 01 January 2018, IOM is responding to the return of over 750,000 undocumented Afghans from Pakistan and Iran. Undocumented returns from Iran in particular are seeing a massive increase of over previous years, largely driven by recent political and economic issues in Iran including massive currency devaluation. As Afghans primarily work in the informal economy in Iran the demand for this type of work is drastically reduced. Further as all Afghans typically send home their earnings in the form of monthly remittances, the Afghan economy itself, already evident in the drought affected provinces of Herat, Badghis and Ghor, is suffering direct and immediate effects.