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Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia

Almaty – One in four Central Asians are migrants, meaning ten million people are on the move, often irregularly, in search of work. High unemployment, growing populations and low wages propel people from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, who face exploitation, trafficking, and human rights abuses.

In order to raise awareness of migration in the region, and counter the xenophobia and intolerance that feed these abuses, IOM, the UN Migration Agency and partners have organized a photo exhibition in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.

Heart and Sole

You don’t have to leave your country to become a migrant. Kazakhstan attracts many thousands of workers from other Central Asian countries, but many also move around this vast, sparsely populated land.

The phenomenon is being seen more these days, as temporary workers in labour-intensive sectors are the first to be laid off due to the pandemic-induced employment crisis and have to change locations to stay in work.