Tehran tops im­mi­grant­friendly cities in Iran

Tehran Times - - LIFE & SOCIETY -

TEHRAN — Ac­cord­ing to Iran’s 2016 Na­tional Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus, Tehran was the most de­sired des­ti­na­tion for Ira­ni­ans liv­ing in other cities.

Ac­cord­ing to the cen­sus, from Ira­nian cal­en­dar year 1390 to 1395 (March 2011-March 2017), Tehran prov­ince hosted over 20 per­cent, equal­ing 951,248 per­sons, of peo­ple who mi­grated to other places across the coun­try.

Mean­while, 979,636 in­di­vid­u­als de­cided to leave their cities to live in Tehran dur­ing years 1385 to 1390, which was 17.7 per­cent of to­tal mi­gra­tions in­side the coun­try.

Tehran gained im­por­tance when the city was named the cap­i­tal by the Qa­jar dy­nasty in 1778. To­day, Tehran, with a pop­u­la­tion of over 12 mil­lion, is ranked amongst the 40 most pop­u­lous metropoli­tan cities of the world.

Fur­ther­more, it houses ap­prox­i­mately 16% of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion.

Tehran Prov­ince is the most in­dus­tri­al­ized prov­ince in Iran; 86.5% of its pop­u­la­tion re­sides in ur­ban ar­eas and 13.5% of its pop­u­la­tion re­sides in ru­ral ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to the 2016 cen­sus.

Kho­rasan Razavi is run­ner-up

Kho­rasan Razavi prov­ince, north­east­ern Iran, is the run­ner-up host­ing 7.3 per­cent of mi­grants over the past five years.

Mash­had is the cen­ter and cap­i­tal of the prov­ince. The city is named after and known for hous­ing the tomb of Imam Reza (AS), the eighth Shia Imam. Ev­ery year, mil­lions of pil­grims visit the city and Imam Reza shrine.

Is­fa­han at third place

Is­fa­han prov­ince, cen­tral Iran, ranked third by at­tract­ing 6.8 per­cent of im­mi­grants.

Dur­ing the 17th and 18th cen­turies, Is­fa­han prov­ince en­joyed high stan­dards of pros­per­ity as it be­came the cap­i­tal of Safavid dy­nasty. While the city of Is­fa­han was their seat of monar­chy, the city of Kashan was their place of va­ca­tion and leisure.

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