International group helps repatriate hundreds of Tajik nationals stranded In Kazakhstan

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According to IOM, the group of 650 people are mainly migrant workers, and includes women, children and students. Friday afternoon they were preparing to board buses funded by IOM to make the journey from the border crossing at Zhibek Zholi, through Uzbekistan, to Khujand, the capital of Tajik northern province of Sughd.


They are just some of the tens of thousands of migrant workers in Central Asia who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Many have come from the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and even further afield. They are typically working in low-paid jobs with little or no job security.


Over a quarter of the returning migrants are reportedly between 15 and 24 years of age including 100 Tajik students from Kazakh universities. Fifteen percent of the group are women and girls, according to IOM.


While most of the migrants have only been waiting a few days to get across the border, some have been there for weeks, with little or no shelter and sanitation.


The 180-kilometer journey has been coordinated with the governments of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.  IOM has provided food, water and hygiene items for the migrants over the past few days while the logistics and paperwork were being organized.


The governments of the United States and Norway have provided funds, with UNICEF also contributing.


Source: Asia Plus