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With the economy in Iran suffering from US sanctions, many Iranian Kurds are crossing the border to find work in Kurdish Iraq, a semiautonomous region in the northern part of the neighbouring country.
The common language makes it easier for them to pick up part-time jobs and return home with money for their families.
Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim reports from Erbil: