The Islamic Republic of Iran hosts one of the largest and most protracted refugee populations: approximately 3 million Afghans live in the country. One million of them are refugees, 1.5-2 million are undocumented Afghans, and 450,000 are Afghan passport holders. 28,000 Iraqi refugees also live in Iran. 97% of refugees live in urban areas alongside the host community, while 3% live in refugee settlements. 

Within the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR) framework, UNHCR supports the Government of Iran in implementing inclusive refugee policies, with a particular focus on health, education, and livelihoods sectors. 760 refugees returned to Afghanistan as of the end of October 2020 – a significant decrease compared to the same period last year. 

UNHCR also advocates for more third-country solutions for Afghan refugees. However, in 2020, UNHCR only received a resettlement quota for 120 individuals, the lowest since UNHCR started resettlement activity in Iran in 1999.

For information about our work in the Islamic Republic of Iran:

  • Information for refugees and asylum-seekers in Iran – help.unhcr.org
  • Visit our country website - Iran (English) Iran (فارسی)
  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
  • For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in the Islamic Republic of Iran, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

Contact Information

The UNHCR Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Street Address:
UNHCR OR Tehran-Iran, No.3, East Emdad St., North Shiraz Ave., Vanak Sq., Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic Of), 19917-75941 Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Mailing Address:
No 3, East Emdad Street,, North Shiraz Ave, Vanak Sq, 1991775941 Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Telephone:
98 21 429 39

Facsimile:
98 21 89 349 900

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 3.3

Working Hours:
Monday: 8:00 - 16:15
Tuesday: 8:00 - 16:15
Wednesday: 8:00 - 16:15
Thursday: 8:00 - 16:15
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday: 8:00 - 16:15

Public Holidays:
03 January 2021, in lieu of New Year 2021
10 February 2021, Victory of Islamic Revolution
21 March 2021, Norouz 1400
22 March 2021, Norouz 1400
01 April 2021, Day of Islamic Republic of Ira
13 May 2021, Eid-e-Fitr
21 July 2021, Eid-e-Ghorban
19 August 2021, Ashoora
24 October 2021, Bday of the Prophet Mohammad
26 December 2021, In lieu of Christmas

The UNHCR Head of Field Office at Dogharun

Street Address:
Ansar Camp, Dogharoun, Taybad,, Dogharoun, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Mailing Address:
Ansar Camp, Dogharoun, Taybad,, Dogharoun, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Telephone:
98 529 425 7355 57

Facsimile:
98 529 427 3358

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 3.3

Working Hours:
Monday: 8:30 - 16:00
Tuesday: 8:30 - 16:00
Wednesday: 8:30 - 16:00
Thursday: 8:30 - 16:00
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday: 8:30 - 16:00

Public Holidays:
03 January 2021, in lieu of New Year 2021
10 February 2021, Victory of Islamic Revolution
21 March 2021, Norouz 1400
22 March 2021, Norouz 1400
01 April 2021, Day of Islamic Republic of Ira
13 May 2021, Eid-e-Fitr
21 July 2021, Eid-e-Ghorban
19 August 2021, Ashoora
24 October 2021, Bday of the Prophet Mohammad
26 December 2021, In lieu of Christmas

The UNHCR Head of Sub-Office at Kerman

Street Address:
42, Hezar-o-Yekshab Ave, Jomhouri Islami Blvd, (In the corner of the third alley), Kerman, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Mailing Address:
42, Hezar-o-Yekshab Ave, Jomhouri Islami Blvd, 7618653588 Kerman, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Telephone:
98 34 32477794

Facsimile:
98 34 32477746

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 3.3

Working Hours:
Monday: 08:00 - 16:15
Tuesday: 08:00 - 16:15
Wednesday: 08:00 - 16:15
Thursday: 08:00 - 16:15
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday: 08:00 - 16:15

Public Holidays:
03 January 2021, in lieu of New Year 2021
10 February 2021, Victory of Islamic Revolution
21 March 2021, Norouz 1400
22 March 2021, Norouz 1400
01 April 2021, Day of Islamic Republic of Ira
13 May 2021, Eid-e-Fitr
21 July 2021, Eid-e-Ghorban
19 August 2021, Ashoora
24 October 2021, Bday of the Prophet Mohammad
26 December 2021, In lieu of Christmas

The UNHCR Sub-Office at Shiraz

Street Address:
Podonak Street, Shiraz, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Mailing Address:
Podonak Street, Shiraz, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Telephone:
98 711 722 9690

Facsimile:
98 711 722 9690 Ext 290

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 3.3

Working Hours:
Monday: 08:30 - 16:00
Tuesday: 08:30 - 16:00
Wednesday: 08:30 - 16:00
Thursday: 08:30 - 16:00
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday: 08:30 - 16:00

Public Holidays:
03 January 2021, in lieu of New Year 2021
10 February 2021, Victory of Islamic Revolution
21 March 2021, Norouz 1400
22 March 2021, Norouz 1400
01 April 2021, Day of Islamic Republic of Ira
13 May 2021, Eid-e-Fitr
21 July 2021, Eid-e-Ghorban
19 August 2021, Ashoora
24 October 2021, Bday of the Prophet Mohammad
26 December 2021, In lieu of Christmas

The UNHCR Sub-Office in Mashhad

Street Address:
45, Sajjad Blvd, 9187713994, Mashhad, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Mailing Address:
P.O.BOX 91775 - 1876, Mashhad, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Telephone:
98 511 768 5081

Facsimile:
98 511 768 3017

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 3.3

Working Hours:
Monday: 8:30 - 16:00
Tuesday: 8:30 - 16:00
Wednesday: 8:30 - 16:00
Thursday: 8:30 - 16:00
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday: 8:30 - 16:00

Public Holidays:
03 January 2021, in lieu of New Year 2021
10 February 2021, Victory of Islamic Revolution
21 March 2021, Norouz 1400
22 March 2021, Norouz 1400
01 April 2021, Day of Islamic Republic of Ira
13 May 2021, Eid-e-Fitr
21 July 2021, Eid-e-Ghorban
19 August 2021, Ashoora
24 October 2021, Bday of the Prophet Mohammad
26 December 2021, In lieu of Christmas