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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.
Lack of cross border cooperation between sending and receiving countries is making migrants with HIV more vulnerable, the International Organization for Migration claimed at a major regional dialogue on HIV and Migration run online from the Tajik capital Dushanbe.
“It’s about more than just protecting the environment,” says IOM's Cristina Gheorghe Tranca. “We need to prioritize technical support to women left behind... to prepare their households to manage risks from drought, floods and other hazards.”
High-profile initiatives were organized by IOM in the land-locked Central Asian state of Tajikistan to mark World Anti-Trafficking Day, which takes place annually on July 30
Tajik Tailor Vahhobjon Achildiev Cuts Away Gender Stereoptyping and Makes A Success of His Return Home
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.