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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.
“We must reaffirm our commitment to eliminate all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance against migrants and their families,” said IOM Vienna Regional Director Szabados at the Asian Human Rights Forum in Uzbekistan
Regional Director Argentina Szabados visited the Uzbek capital Tashkent last week to meet with high-level counterparts from Parliament, Ministries, the National Human Rights Centre, the Women's Committee of Uzbekistan, Deputy Prime Minister Ms Tanzila Narbaeva, and the heads of the other UN agencies including the Resident Coordinator.
Bishkek – Sadbarg Gazieva, 38, sees more in the photographs than most of the other 100 or so people at the exhibition in the American University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.