Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran hosts 750,000 registered Afghan refugees, shouldering a large share of the collective responsibility to protect them. In addition, Iran hosts other documented and undocumented Afghans, stemming from the traditional mixed nature of cross-border movements in the region. The majority of Afghan refugees in Iran reside in urban and peri-urban areas.
Despite its own challenges and the needs of its own population, Iran has maintained its commitment to refugees and has pursued inclusive policies, notably in areas of education, health care and human capital development.
This progressive approach is further evident in the inclusion of Afghan refugees in the Government’s national response plans to the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccination. As such, the Support Platform also aims to galvanize international solidarity with and assistance for Iran in line with the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).