A group of Ahwazi Arabs gathered in front of the Governor's office to demand jobs in Mahshahr's oil and petrochemicals facilities, according to the Iranian Labour News Agency. They claimed that petrochemicals companies were deliberately privileging non-locals by giving them preferential terms, including housing, to settle in the region and take local jobs.
While statistics show that 6.5 million people are unemployed in Iran, the true level of unemployment and under-employment is far higher. Khuzestan province has among the highest rates of unemployment, even though its industries generate a large proportion of the country's national income.
Unemployment rates in Iran: non-Persian regions worst affected due to discrimination