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Iran urged companies to favor Iranian nationals when hiring and said it would take stricter action against foreigners working illegally as it seeks to lower unemployment with one in four people under 29 without a job.Eghbali said it wasn't possible to give estimates of the number of illegal foreign workers in Iran, though he confirmed that most are from neighboring Afghanistan.Iran hosts some 2 million Afghan immigrants who are favored by construction companies as they work hard for less pay, Hasan Taei, deputy minister for job creation at the Labor Ministry, was cited as saying by Mehr on July 21 .
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