IOM Central Asia Regional Response Report, Issue 5, 01/06/2021


On May 26, 2021 Sixth Senior Officials Meeting of the Almaty Process on Refugee Protection and International Migration (AP) was organized by the Secretariat (IOM and UNHCR) in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey. The meeting brought together 35 delegates both in person and online from the AP Member States (Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan and Republic of Turkey), Observers (Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Turkmenistan) and an invited state (Republic of Uzbekistan). The core of the Meeting was the presentation of the vision of the Almaty Process Strategy and discussion of the Joint Work Plan for 2021-2022 proposed by the Chair the Republic of Turkey. In the next two years the Chairship will focus on membership expansion, diversification of thematic areas and increased visibility. The draft calendar of activities was found appropriate by the members and endorsed during the event.


Return of a large fam ily from Kazakhstan to Karakalpakstan The IOM of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan conducted a successful operation to return the VMs to their homeland. In the course of this operation, the IOM offices of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan provided assistance in organizing a transport from Karaganda to the ZhybekZholy checkpoint, assistance in obtaining an exit permit, and financial assistance for passing a PCR test for Vulnerable migrants. Moreover, during the return, the IOM of Kazakhstan provided assistance by providing basic necessities (antiseptics, masks, food). Upon their return to Uzbekistan, they were met by the staff of the IOM of Uzbekistan. They were safely transported to Nukus, which is located 1,100 km from Tashkent, in a vehicle organized by the IOM of Uzbekistan..


Objective of the retreat: IOM Kyrgyzstan and the RCO as the Network co-chairs, in coordination with the UN Network on Migration Secretariat and IOM HQ, organized a two-day retreat for UNMN focal points. On the first day, the sessions informed participants of the migration context of Kyrgyzstan, the role of UNMN, and its tools and resources. Sessions on the second day presented the Mainstreaming Migration Capacity Development Plan for the Kyrgyz Republic developed within the joint IOM/UNDP Global Programme Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development, followed by a moderated discussion on way forward.
The two half-day long retreat aimed at building close partnership between Participating UN Agencies and to further build capacity of UNNM’s members on mainstreaming migration into related processes to promote a coherent approach in supporting Government’s efforts in migration management and protection of the migrants’ rights.


On Saturday, 22 May 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) together with the
International Organization of Migration (IOM) conducted the first Multi-stakeholder Round Table of the
joint Border Health Security initiative in Tashkent. This regional project addresses COVID-19 preparedness
and response at Points of Entry to enhance health security. The main goal of the event was to present the
CDC-IOM project, discuss the International Health Regulations and use a multi-stakeholder approach in the
developing the roadmap for the institutionalization of the Border Health Security initiative. A joint needs
assessment will be conducted at the Points of Entries (POEs), using the CDC assessment tool for determining
public health needs and capabilities at POEs, will provide technical support in the development of standard
operating procedures on screening operations at POEs and other border health interventions


On 25th and 26th May, IOM Tajikistan facilitated the “Final Meeting with National Partners on
Mainstreaming Findings of the Researches in the New Strategy on Migration until 2030”. The event
brought together 45 representatives from various ministries and agencies that are working in the
migration management field in Tajikistan. During this two-day event, the participants had a close
look at detailed findings of regional researches on the “Socio-economic Effects of Covid-19 on
Returnees and Stranded Migrants in Central Asia and the Russian Federation” and “Knowledge,
Attitude and Practices of Central Asian Migrants and their Families on Remittance Sending,
Receiving and Investing Behaviours”. This event helped to improve national stakeholders’
understandings of the profile, migratory routes, economic and labour situation, living conditions
and main protection needs of the migrants and returnees


On 28th of May, IOM Kazakhstan hosted a National Dialogue on Co Improving victims’ identification and
criminal prosecution of human trafficking. Participants discussed measures to effectively identify victims
and potential victims of trafficking in persons and prosecute trafficking-related crimes and develop
recommendations for improving efforts to combat trafficking in persons in Kazakhstan. Invited international
experts, who conducted research in Kazakhstan in 2020-2021, presented a report assessing existing
measures to combat trafficking in persons. Participants exchanged experiences and got acquainted with
international practices. Following a discussion of the reasons for ineffective identification, investigation,
and prosecution of human trafficking in Kazakhstan, participants developed recommendations to improve
the existing system of identifying victims and prosecuting crimes. The event was attended by deputies of
the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, representatives of the Supreme Court, the
General Prosecutor’s Office, the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Labor and Social Protection, and Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as representatives of civil society and international
organizations. The event was also livestreamed on Facebook page and received 1 000 views and 151 shares.
The event also generated 10 news articles in local news site and reached around 6 000 readers.


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