Returns from Iran and Pakistan Funding Needs
As of 23 June 2018, 348,506 undocumented Afghan returnees have crossed back into Afghanistan from Iran. The months of April and May have witnessed an average of 20,000 returns each week. The total represents a 50% increase of returns over the same period in 2017. The larger return is associated with a major economic decline in Iran including the devaluation of the Iranian currency which has lost 30% of its value against the US dollar over the past year. The Iranian caseload contains thousands of special needs cases including Single Females, Unaccompanied Migrant Children and emergency medical needs cases. With improved service delivery it is anticipated that the inneed population will grow to as much as 30% of the return total per week where presently IOM is reaching 3% per week.