Concluding Observations Committee on the Rights of the Child CRC/C/IRN/CO/3-4 para
82(a)
Full recommendation:
Systematically collect disaggregated data on its refugee and asylum-seeking children in order to
be able to develop programmes and policies that respond to their needs
Assessment using Impact Iran human rights indicators1
In its National Report to the Universal Periodic Review in 2019, the Government of the Islamic
Republic of Iran stated it “established mechanisms for monitoring and screening information” of
refugees and asylum seekers.2 There is no readily available information as to what kind of data
such mechanism collects.
The last publicly available and comprehensive census of the refugee and asylum-seeking
population in the Islamic Republic of Iran was published in 2015. It informed that over 951,000
Afghan refugees hold a valid Amayesh card (refugee identification card).3 The Islamic Republic
of Iran officially stopped distributing residency cards to new refugees in 2007. Additionally, the
Iranian “Knowledge-based technology publications”, published earlier this year an “Iran
Migration Outlook” document, mentioning the number of Afghan and Iraqi immigrants until
2018. According to the document, the latest data shows 979,410 immigrants, including 951,142
Afghan and 28,268 Iraqi nationals, same numbers since 2015.4 In 2017, the Government carried
a ‘headcount exercise’, targeting certain categories of individuals residing in Iran without valid
documentation. In 2018, another headcount targeted foreign nationals working informally and
formally in Iran as well as their employers.5
There is no readily available information that might indicate that the Government of the Islamic
Republic of Iran systematically collects disaggregated data on its refugee and asylum-seeking
children.

Recommendation Status:
This recommendation has NOT been implemented.

1

CRC.20.1.O.1
National Report, UPR 2019, Islamic Republic of Iran, https://undocs.org/A/HRC/WG.6/34/IRN/1
3
UNHCR, https://reporting.unhcr.org/sites/default/files/UNHCR%20Iran%20Fact%20Sheet%20-%20Jan-Mar%202020.pdf
4
Iran Migration Outlook, 2020, Knowledge-based technology publications, p.224.
5
UNHCR, https://reporting.unhcr.org/sites/default/files/UNHCR%20Iran%20Fact%20Sheet%20-%20Jan-Mar%202020.pdf
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