Creart in l’Iran

Creart supports Afghan refugees in Iran through collaboration with the Norwegian Refugee Council’s educational projects in the country’s refugee camps.



Iran is home to one of the largest displaced populations in the world, almost one million registered Afghans. It is estimated that over two million Afghans live in the country, either without documentation or with Afghan passports. Many have been in the country for 40 years; they are third or even fourth generation refugees, born and raised in Iran.

Iran’s progressive policies are geared to the inclusion of refugees in national services and the economy, including access to the national health care system, work permits for various occupations and documentation. From 2015 all Afghan children have access to primary and secondary school, regardless of status.

Iran’s support for Afghan refugees far exceeds that of many international organisations, but economic difficulties in the country exacerbate the need for increased humanitarian support to ensure that education and other services are provided to refugees: safe accommodation, keeping children in school and covering the costs of renewing civilian documentation. Without legal documentation, families may be deported to an Afghanistan that is not yet prepared to ensure the well-being of returnees.


Creart’s intervention

  • We support Afghan refugees in Iran through one of the education programmes of the humanitarian organisation Norwegian Refugee Council in the Rafsanjan Refugee Camp in the south-east of the country.
  • In this context we work on processes focused on improving the capacities of women’s groups and trainers through art and creativity.
  • The most relevant results obtained are related to the reinforcement of skills such as confidence, self-esteem, empowerment and belonging to a diverse group, also to the assimilation and integration of technical and psychological skills to work with groups of child refugees.
  • For the group of trainers, the most important result is the integration and collaboration between the people participating in the training, coming from different ethnic groups with serious rivalries and cultural differences.