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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.

Turkmenistan

The IOM office in Turkmenistan officially was opened at the end of September, 1997. Turkmenistan joined to the International Organization for Migration as an observer state in November, 1997. The Agreement of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the International Organization for Migration was signed in June, 1998.