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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.

The Great Tajik Bake-Off!

Khursheda Ilchibekova has dreamed of having her own bakery since she was ten years old.

She grew up in the beautiful but troubled Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in eastern Tajikistan, which was stricken by civil war and extreme poverty.

Life was especially hard for families with many small children, as was the case of Khursheda’s family of eight. The income from the little business which Khursheda’s parents operated was too small to put enough food on the table.

Breaking Stereotypes in Southern Tajikistan - Supporting Women in Agriculture

A women on a tractor is not a common sight in Tudaboyon village, a village which lies by the border with Afghanistan. Despite women in Tajikistan increasingly taking on agricultural responsibilities and working the fields whilst their husbands and sons have migrated to Russia for work; there are still some things that are not considered normal or appropriate for women to do.

IOM Tajikistan provides fuel to mudslide-affected areas

Norak – The IOM mission in Tajikistan successfully delivered 1500 litres of fuel to operate machines excavating debris in the town of Norak. From the 9th to the 12th of May, torrential rains triggered floods and mudslides in several villages of Khatlon and Sughd provinces, destroying and damaging dozens of houses, bridges, social infrastructures and water lines.

IOM Humanitarian Border Management Programme continues in Tajikistan

Dushanbe - During the period April–May 2014, IOM Tajikistan has delivered the 5th and 6th rounds of ten-day joint “Humanitarian Border Management” (HBM) workshops targeting 15 Tajik and 24 Afghan personnel of border crossing points of the two countries. The HBM Course took place at the Training Centres in Dushanbe and Khorog – the capital of Badakhshan Province of Tajikistan.

Deported and Banned from Living with Family: A Young Tajik’s Story

Dushanbe - We meet Shahzoda in an isolated dusty village in Tajikistan’s Farkhor district. Just a few kilometers from the Afghan border, many here are already preparing for the winter and huge piles of hay blossom from under corrugated iron roofs. Hidden in the shade of a persimmons tree and sat on the patio of a house built with baked mud bricks, Shahzoda tells us her story.

Ambitious Programme for Global Migration Film Festival in Tajikistan | IOM Austria - Regional Office

Dushanbe - Films and documentaries produced around the world that capture the lives of people on the move will be showcased from 5 December to 18 December in selected locations in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as part of the Global Migration Film Festival.

Four films will be screened that showcase the promise and challenges of migration, change perception of migrants, and highlight the unique contributions made by migrants to their new communities and to their homelands.