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Iran’s long history of hosting refugees goes back to the 16th century.

Iran is among the top 10 refugee hosting countries globally and its history of hosting refugees goes back to the 16th century. Watch the short video to learn more!

For Sultan Zoori, an Afghan refugee in Iran, having health insurance proved to be a lifesaver.

Iran is one of the few countries in the world that allows refugees to have health insurance, the same as nationals, through the Universal Public Health Insurance scheme. Health insurance aims to provide the most vulnerable refugees with desperately needed access to medical care, including surgeries, dialysis, radiology, laboratory tests and much more at subsidized cost.

Hosting countries need support and solidarity.

Most refugees are hosted by countries neighbouring their own.
These hosting countries need support and solidarity. The international community must work together now:
to resolve existing conflicts
to address root causes of conflicts
to deliver sustainable opportunities
to let people forced to flee live in safety and with dignity.

Supporting refugees to have access to livelihood opportunities

In Iran, UNHCR implements various livelihood projects for refugees, including certified technical and vocational training and other income generating projects. UNHCR Iran Representative, Ivo Freijsen was in Bani Najar refugee settlement recently where he visited a skills training workshop run by the refugees.

Representatives of the Iran UN Country Team met with Iran’s Minister of Health and Medical Education

H.E. Bahram Einollahi, the Minister of Health and Medical Education, and other officials discussed the UN country team’s collective efforts to support the government’s existing health system. The UNHCR Representative in Iran, Ivo Freijsen, noted that supporting health care in refugee settlements and hosting areas is a key component of UNHCR’s protection mandate and a life-saving operational priority. 

An Afghan refugee realized her dream to become a photographer to capture heartfelt moments of life.

Roya Kholoosi always dreamt of becoming a photographer, but she did not have the means to pursue her passion. She invested whatever little savings she had to buy a second-hand camera and started mastering her artistic skills. “I want to capture the heartfelt moments of life and make them eternal,” says this 25-years old Afghan refugee photographer.

Afghanistan Emergency

Millions of people in Afghanistan are experiencing misery and hunger amid decades of conflict, the collapse of the country’s economy, years of drought, and freezing wintertime temperatures.

Afghanistan, which has endured repeated humanitarian crises, faces its darkest time.

UNHCR and its partners have launched joint response plans to deliver vital humanitarian relief. There are 24 million people inside Afghanistan and 5.7 million Afghans and host communities in five neighbouring countries who need support.

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24 million

people in Afghanistan in need of vital humanitarian relief


people newly displaced within Afghanistan in 2021 (OCHA)

3.5 million

people internally displaced by conflict in Afghanistan by 31 December 2021

5.7 million

Afghans and host communities in five neighbouring countries in need of support

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