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Afghan Voluntary Repatriation (UNHCR assisted return) in 2021 JSON 
778
Last updated 31 Aug 2021
Source - UNHCR 

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    Refugees in Iran JSON 
    800,000
    Last updated 01 Oct 2020
    Source - Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (GIRI) 
    Reported newly arrived Afghans in need of international protection (since 1 January 2021) JSON 
    23,990
    Last updated 22 Oct 2021
    Source - UNHCR 
    Iran demograpic breakdown
    Funding UNHCR Iran (2021)
    $119,000,000
    Total appeal
    Date of Funding Data 31 August 2021 (1 month ago)
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    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UNHCR's reception centers in Iran continue to be physically closed for in-person appointments for the time being. A page was created to provide useful and reliable information to individuals seeking support in Iran, including new arrivals.Please refer to UNHCR's help page for official information, including hotline numbers across the country. https://help.unhcr.org/iran/en/
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