Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that more than 3 million Afghans are living in Iran with 2 million having been employed.
He said that the refugees remove 3 to 5 billion euros annually from Iran.
The official added that 468,000 Afghans are attending schools in Iran for free, while each cost 600 euros annually. 23,000 Afghans are studying in universities with each costing 15,000 euros annually, he said.
In total, refugees cost Iran 8 billion US dollars, Araqchi said warning Iran might tell Afghan refugees to leave the country if it could not cope with sanctions and oil exports are reduced to zero.