Tehran, Iran

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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.

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