The Ministry of Labor is seeking to reverse the immigration trend from rural areas and this requires the creation of rural jobs. Taadol quotes the Deputy Minister of Labor, Hamid Kalantari and writes: “By the end of last year, 3400 co-ops filed requests for funding in order to create employment opportunities in rural areas. The requests total 17000 billion IRR (405 million USD) and have the capacity to create 64 thousand jobs.”
The Ministry of Labor will provide loans of up to 2.5 billion IRR ($59.5K) for employment projects in villages without requiring collateral. Provinces with high rates of immigrants moving away take priority in this project. The report states that on average, each co-op creates 12 to 14 rural jobs in various fields such as carpets and hand crafts, rural goods, mining and tourism.