Iranian media have reported that the Iranian government has forcibly deported more than 738,000 illegal Afghan citizens since the beginning of this year.
Some Afghan citizens who have returned from Iran have told France 24 that they were arrested and deported even though some of them had official documents of residence in Iran.
After the Taliban’s takeover of power, millions of Afghan citizens were displaced and many of them sought refuge in neighbouring countries, including Pakistan and Iran.
However, neighbouring countries, especially Iran and Pakistan, have accelerated the process of deportation of Afghan immigrants in recent months.
Following the spread of reports about the increase in the presence of Afghans in Iran, opposition to immigrant presence has surged in both the media and society, with these sentiments escalating to violent reactions against refugees in recent days.