Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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The plight of Afghan refugees in Iran

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1 August 2012
‘Afghan refugees in Iran are increasingly facing an unbearable situation’, writes Afshin Shahi. ‘They are the most vulnerable group of people in the country and they face continuing degrading and discriminatory policies dictated by a state, which ironically preaches “Muslim solidarity”. […] Second generation Afghan refugees are treated as second-class citizens in their own country. […] Most Afghans who were born in Iran are unable to gain citizenship due to the Iranian law on immigration. Most Afghan children are unable to receive mainstream education and many basic rights are denied to them only because they were born into Afghan families. Intermarriages between Afghans and Iranians are discouraged by the state. Iranian nationality law does not easily recognise the children of such marriages as Iranian citizens. It is particularly harder if an Afghan man marries an Iranian woman.’