Migrant Vulnerabilities and Integration Needs in Central Asia

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This regional fi eld assessment was prepared by a team of internati onal and nati onal experts with the support of the IOM missions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. IOM Kazakhstan, Sub-regional coordinati on offi ce for Central Asia, had the overall management and coordinati on of the project. The assessment was made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for Internati onal Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of the IOM and do not necessarily refl ect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

This report is the fruit of a collaborati ve eff ort of Government offi cials, internati onal and nati onal experts and IOM mission focal points from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The fi ndings, interpretati ons and conclusions expressed herein do not necessarily refl ect the views of IOM or its Member States. The designati ons employed and the presentati on of material throughout the work do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of IOM concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authoriti es, or concerning its fronti ers or boundaries.

IOM is committ ed to the principle that humane and orderly migrati on benefi ts migrants and society. As an intergovernmental organizati on, IOM acts with its partners in the internati onal community to: assist in meeti ng the operati onal challenges of migrati on, advance understanding of migrati on issues; encourage social and economic development through migrati on; and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

The editors owe a deep grati tude to the many individuals who contributed to making this report possible. First and foremost, we thank the authoriti es of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for their support in making it possible for this independent assessment and analysis to be carried out. The expert team had the opportunity to meet and discuss its analysis with offi cials of the Governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and benefi ted from access to documents and to stati sti cal informati on. We also wish to thank IOM NGO partners in all involved countries in facilitating and organizing interviews and focus groups with migrants, community and religious leaders; last but not least we also would like to thank the migrants themselves who trusted us and shared their life stories and gave us the opportunity to study, analyse and understand in depth the challenges and problems they face. This will enable us to bett er address the issues and challenges at hand and aim to propose realisti c and feasible soluti ons in close cooperati on with government and non government stakeholders, donors and other international organizations.

The report was developed by the lead author, Mr Piotr Kazmierkiewicz, Internati onal Consultant, and the expert team. In parti cular, Mr. Alexander Maier/Internati onal Consultant, Mr. Farrukh Irnazarov/Internati onal Consultant, Ms. Giulia Panicciari/IOM Sociologist; Mr. Igor Savin, Consultant/Kazakhstan, Mr. Mametbek Myrzabaev, Consultant/Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Alisher Yarbabaev, Consultant/Tajikistan and Mr. Rashid Abdullaev, Consultant/Tajikistan.

We owe special thanks to Mr. Timur T. Shaimergenov, Deputy Director of the Library of the First President of Kazakhstan (Nazarbayev Center) for contributi ng to the assessment and endorsing this regional fi eld assessment under the auspices of the Library and to Mrs. Tati ana Hadjiemmanuel, Deputy Coordinator for Central Asia, IOM Kazakhstan Sub-regional coordinati on offi ce for Central Asia, for providing overall coordinati on of the project.

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