The Afghan Refugees in Iran / Donated by Mobin Shorish
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Throughout the recent histories of Iran and Afghanistan refugees of one form or another have existed in each of these lands. Political and religious refugees have almost always constituted the majority of those who sought either Afghanistan or Iran as their new haven. The most recent Iranian wave of refugees in the Khurasan area of Afghanistan (Herat) has been those who feared the development of conflict in Iran between the super powers during the Second World War. Since, fortunately, such a conflict did not develop some of the Iranians who fled to Herat and other western provinces of Afghanistan returned to Iran and others settled in these areas, especially in Herat, to become citizens of the Afghan kingdom. In all forms of human transmigration it is the magnitude of the people moving that create problems often for the host countries. Therefore:, an investigation into the problems of the Afghan refugees in Iran, and the Iranians' attidude toward these refugees was needed for the benefit of those concerned with the tragedy of Afghanistan and the brutality befalling the Afghan people by the Russians and their puppets in Kabul.