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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.

Uzbekistan

Due to economic difficulties in Uzbekistan, labour migration to Russia, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Korea and Europe has been increasing over the last years, making it one of the major countries of origin for trafficking in persons. In close collaboration with the government, IOM, through the local NGO Istiqbolli Avlod, has carried out wide public information campaigns concerning the risks of trafficking and has also developed instruments that allow effective prevention of trafficking and prosecution of traffickers.