EU migrant aid: Christos Stylianides, the European Union aid chief, promised more aid on a visit to Tehran to slow the flow of Afghan refugees. To help stem the influx, the bloc is increasing aid to certain countries on migrant routes in the hope of persuading people there to stay put. So far these have included Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and some African countries. Now the EU is trying this strategy in Iran, which sits on the main transit route for Afghan refugees – the second-largest group after Syrians to have reached Europe by sea last year. In Tehran, Stylianides announced the doubling of EU humanitarian aid to Iran to 12.5 million euros this year, with a special focus on education and health services for Afghan refugee children.