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UNHCR’s Volker Türk Arrives

UNHCR’s Volker Türk ArrivesUNHCR’s Volker Türk Arrives

UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk arrived in Tehran on Sunday for a two-day visit. The visit aims to reaffirm the UNHCR’s commitment to continue cooperation with Iran as a country to host one of the largest population of refugees in the world, Mehr News Agency reported. Türk will meet  representatives involved in refugee affairs, as well as other humanitarian agencies, which are cooperate with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The senior UN official will present a report on the latest developments on the refugees and the measures taken to ease pressure on host countries and enhance refugee self-reliance. Iran has given refuge to almost a million registered Afghan migrants and another two million unregistered refugees for almost four decades.  More than 350,000 Afghan refugee children study in Iran while close to 48,000 undocumented Afghan children were allowed last year to enroll for the first time in Iranian public schools. In an address to the UN General Assembly’s first-ever summit for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli pointed to the flood of refugees from  Afghanistan and Iraq and said recalled that Iran has hosted a huge population of refugees for many years, a move that has placed Iran “among the leading countries in the history of humanitarian aid and assistance.”

 

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