Today, the third meeting of senior officials of Almaty process on refugee protection and international migration with the participation of Vice-Minister of Health and Social Development of Kazakhstan Svetlana Jakupova, regional coordinator of the International Organization for Migration in Central Asia Dejan Keserovich, regional coordinator of the Office of the UN High Commissioner the protection of refugees in Central Asia Bernard Doyle, Deputy Permanent representative of UNDP in Kazakhstan Munkhtuya Altangerel, representatives of state bodies of Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries in the field of migration policy, international and non-governmental organizations took place in Astana .
The purpose of the meeting – the exchange of experience, analysis of emerging trends, identifies gaps in the migration legislation and the development of joint recommendations to the countries of Central Asia in the region of labor migration
The event was also addressed issues of population mobility, the implementation of the rights of migrants and refugees and the prospects for regional cooperation in this sphere, taking into account the world experience.
According to international organizations, every seventh person in the world is a migrant. By 2040, it is predicted to increase the number of international migrants to 400 million people.
In her speech, Svetlana Zhakupova noted that due to the economic crisis of mobility of the population in the Central Asian region would only increase.
In Kazakhstan, the main country of origin of migrant workers in this year were China (11 thousand. 641 people), Turkey (3 thousand. 558), Uzbekistan (3 thousand. 285), United Kingdom (1 thousand. 505) and India (1 thousand. 334).
“For 8 months of 2016, 12 thousand 963 people (in 2015, 16 thousand 349.) came in Kazakhstan with the purpose of employment . From the participating countries, EEU, are citizens of Russia – 9 thousand 388 people (in 2015 – 12 thousand. 529), Kyrgyzstan – 1 thousand 496 people (in 2015 – 1 thousand 138), Belarus – 394 people (in 2015 – 608), and Armenia –1 thousand 685 people (in 2015 – 2 thousand 074)”, – informed Svetlana Zhakupova.
In addition, this year 210 thousand people received permission from the internal affairs agencies to work in the households of the republic (in 2015 worked in households 141 thousand foreign workers).
In conclusion, the participants agreed to continue the multilateral regional cooperation aimed at solving the problems of irregular migration in the framework of the EEU, human trafficking and the protection of migrants' rights in Central Asia.
We will remind, Almaty process - it is a constant dialogue platform initiated by Kazakhstan in 2011. Its purpose is to solve the problems of refugees and international migration in a regional format, and in a global perspective. Kazakhstan was elected the first chairman of the Almaty process. Permanent participants of the Almaty process, in addition to our Republic are Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Iran and Pakistan.