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Iran hosts nearly 2 million refugees

TEHRAN (May 25) XINHUA - Iran presently hosts 1.9 million refugees, the largest number in any country of the world, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.

Hassanali Ibrahimi, advisor to the Interior Minister and director general for foreign nationals and immigrants affairs, disclosed this at the second international conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) opened here Tuesday.

Ibrahimi said the number included 1.4 million Afghan refugees, 530,000 Iraqis and 32,000 refugees of other nationalities, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

He said that 5 percent, or 85,000 people, of the refugees are settled in guest houses and receive international aid, and the rest are scattered in different towns and villages throughout Iran.


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