Japan, a continuous supporter to refugee protection in Iran

Tehran, March 16, IRNA – With a recent 6 million dollar donation in 2014, the Government of Japan, one of UNHCR’s biggest donors, supports Afghan refugees in Iran to voluntarily repatriate to Afghanistan in safety and dignity.

Also for those who stay in Iran it provides improved access to educational opportunities; health care and community based rehabilitation services; and also better livelihood opportunities. All these services fall under the umbrella of the important regional Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees, a news release issued by the UN refugee agency said Monday.

Education playing an essential role in the future of refugee youth, construction of more schools in high refugee populated areas and also provision of literacy courses will reinforce access to education for both school aged and other refugees who were not able to attend school at the proper age.

Indeed health care services are crucial to every human being and even more for the deprived levels of the society including refugees. While Iran ensures free primary health care for refugees, through this generous contribution, UNHCR will aim to support health care centers situated in refugee populated areas with the provision of essential medical supplies and medicines. It will also support the Health

Insurance Scheme (HISE) for refugees providing secondary and tertiary healthcare for over 220,000 vulnerable refugees, ensuring they receive timely and proper treatment and in addition it will support the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) project providing children and adult refugees suffering from disabilities with important rehabilitation assistance.

Access to appropriate health care will lead to the timely detection and treatment of diseases thus preventing unnecessary additional costs.

Having a job and earning a living might seem even more important to many refugee families allowing them to cover for their family costs.

Japan’s donation will therefore also have a substantial share in the opportunities available for skills training for refugees. In an attempt to alleviate the deteriorating low-income conditions of registered refugees, this contribution will improve refugee livelihoods by enhancing targeted vocational skills training leading to self-reliance.

The donation thus contributes to seeking durable solutions in various ways and supporting interventions to create the necessary environment both in the host country and back home, enabling sustainable return for those voluntarily opting for repatriation.

Iran’s exemplary hospitality gives refuge to over 840,000 Afghans and 40,000 Iraqi refugees.



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