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Afghan migrants returning from Iran hit record high in 2018

HERAT: The flow of Afghans forced to leave Iran turned into a flood in 2018, with a record nearly 800,000 coming back as renewed US sanctions sent the Iranian currency into freefall and fuelled inflation. The 773,125 voluntary returnees and deportees was 66 percent more than in 2017 and the trend is expected to continue, said Laurence Hart, the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) chief of mission in Afghanistan. "The reason why people are coming back is because of the reduced economic opportunities in the…