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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.

Rukhshona Qurbonova, IOM’s Sub-Regional Coordinator on Migration Health for Central Asian countries

In 2019 more than 500,000 Tajiks left their Central Asian home to work abroad. The current COVID Pandemic is causing concerns for all of them, but particularly for those that are already vulnerable, such as those living with HIV and AIDS.

A Bespoke Solution to the Challenge of Migration

Vahhobjon Achildiev’s studio is a landmark in the centre of his hometown Shahritus in southernTajikistan and he is a well-recognized fashion-monger for local trendy youth.

But the road to success in tailoring was not easy for Vahhobjon – he had to go through a long hard life of loading freight in Russian construction sites and factories, unpaid or poorly paid, living in unbearable conditions, in fear of being caught and deported as could not afford to legalize his work authorization.