The Karaj Welfare Organization official said, “cardboard sleepers”, homeless people who sleep on cardboard boxes, had increased in Karaj, sister city to Tehran.
According to the state-run YJC News Agency, Alireza Fatahpour, the Head of the Karaj Welfare Organization said economic problems were the most important reason behind the increase of “cardboard sleepers” in the past decade.
“The increase of cardboard sleepers has a direct link to the economic situation. Many cardboard sleepers in the capital are moving to Karaj as their destination. There is a colony of cardboard sleepers in the outskirts of Karaj,” he said.
“For many years now, these homeless people have turned into one of the main problems of our community. In the cold winter weather, this issue becomes prominent and painful.”
New official figures in the first week of October showed that half of Iran’s population live in absolute poverty.
Sixty million Iranians live under the line of poverty due to the regime’s systematic lack of supervision over the economy, an Iranian economist also said. Speaking to Tabnak, a website affiliated with the regime, Ibrahim Razaghi said “the most important threat to Iran was extreme poverty, widespread unemployment, the inability of many people to pay their rent, and that the rich were getting richer.”
Officials fear that widespread poverty in Iran will soon turn to major protests, the likes of which were seen in November 2019, which shook the foundations of the regime.