Report: Ahwazi Centre for Media and Strategic Studies, Source: Ahwaznews.org
The Iranian regime is continuing its policy of "ethnic restructuring" to make Ahwazi Arabs a minority in their homeland with dozens of settlements planned on confiscated land.
The Iranian authorities are using a number of names for these projects that are designed to bring in hundreds of thousands of settlers from other parts of Iran to the Arab-majority area of Al-Ahwaz. The largest settlements are located in the "Ramen" township northeast of Ahwaz and Masjed Soleyman. None of the apartments on offer are being given to members of the local Arab population.Around half a million non-Arab settlers are expected to arrive in the region by 2015 with "Ahwaz 2" the latest planned settlement, intended to change the region's demography and make Arabs a minority.Thousands of hectares adjacent to these settlements are being confiscated with Ahwazi Arabs forced to leave, paid a fraction of the value of their land. If they refuse, the land is taken from them without payment as the law insists that no-one can thwart government projects.The objective of the land confiscation and settlement programmes is to prevent unrest among Ahwazi Arabs from destabilising this strategic oil-producing region.