Chapter 26 From Afghanistan border to Iranian cities: the case of migrant children in Tehran
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Not much research has been covered on the situation of minors and borders in Iran. Thanks to the chapter written by Alaedini and Mirzaei we can understand the situation of Afghans between the border and Teheran. The framework of analysis are the policies in Iran related to migration and borders, welfare and inequalities in urban neighbourhoods. Of all of Afghanistan’s lawless provinces, Nimruz border region is perhaps the rawest and most untamed of all, located in the desert in south-western Afghanistan, cornering up against Iran and Pakistan. The International Organization for Migration has already made various statements regarding how this border is a main gate for unaccompanied children and youth. On the other hand, the compulsory deportation of Afghan children has raised serious concerns for human and children´s rights organisations and Afghan citizens, making new displaced families. How are these children connected with a wider framework of itineraries with families that have been concentrated in particular neighbourhoods of Tehran since after the period of the Iranian revolution? These connections among youngsters between the border and the metropolis are in this chapter aa central issue of analysis.

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