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Press Announcement: PhotoStory exhibition – Migrants: An Invisible force in Central Asia, 26 September, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Press Announcement: IOM/UN Migration Agency, Sub-regional coordination office for Central Asia, opening the exhibition at American University of Central Asia.

 

26 – September, 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Venue:  7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street, at 19:30

Main Conference Hall of the AUCA.

 

PhotoStory exhibition – Migrants: An Invisible force in Central Asia

 

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - On 26 September, 2017, IOM/UN Migration Agency, Sub-regional coordination office for Central Asia in partnership with the American University of Central Asia (Tian Shan Policy Center) present the IOM Central Asia PhotoStory exhibition

The exhibition will showcase more than forty photographs with their accompanying texts, as submitted by Central Asian Artists/ Photographers and University Students, as well as stories shared by two Central Asian writers who participate in the project.

The aim of the PhotoStory project is to raise awareness on migrants’ rights, enhancing tolerance, eliminating xenophobia and racism towards migrants’ and migrant communities.

Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia

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The IOM Central Asia PhotoStory exhibition is the outcome of an Open Call to Artists/Photographers and University Students from Central Asia in March 2017, and completed in May 2017.

A Photo-Jury panel of five members convened at the IOM Almaty office, in mid-June and decided upon three winners from the Artists/Photographers’ category Elyor Nematov,

Didor Sadulloev, Diana Mindubayeva

 

and two winners from the University Students category

Almazbek Duyishebaev, Rakhat Sagynbek Kyzy

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All participants had to submit with their photographs texts which explained or accompanied their series of work. In addition to that, two Central Asian writers, Dr. Nafisa Abdullaeva and Yermek Tursunov were invited by IOM Central Asia to share their own stories by reflecting on the winning photographs of the Artists/Photographers Category.

The exhibition is the result of the IOM CA Photostory Project Award addressed to Artists/Photographers and to University Students from Central Asia, aiming to raise awareness and stimulate dialogue around the themes of migration and migrants’ rights.

It will showcase the photographs and texts of the first three winning Artists/Photographers, a slide show of the first two winners from the University Students category, original stories produced

by Dr. Nafisa Abdullaeva and Yermek Tursunov, as well as short documentary (duration: 10 min)

 directed by Misko Necak.

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Press Release: Central Asian Regional Workshop on Migrants’ Right to Health

Bishkek, June 13, 2017 – In the framework of the project Towards an Effective Migrants’ Right to Health in Central Asia: Assisting Governments in Enhancing the Provision of Health Services for Migrants, the IOM Missions in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan will hold the Central Asian Regional Workshop on Migrant’s Right to Health on Thursday June 15 and Friday June 16.

The event, which will take place at the Orion Hotel in Bishkek, will serve as a forum for governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to explore new paths for enhancing the quality and access to health services for migrants in the region. Over the course of the two-day workshop, government representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, IOM experts, as well as NGO and civil society partners, will exchange experiences, share regional findings, and discuss ways to realize migrants’ right to health in Central Asia in accordance with international standards and best practices.

The participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge about conceptual and practical aspects of migration and health. It is expected that the workshop will result in jointly formulated recommendations by participating stakeholders aiming at the further realization of migrants’ right to health in Central Asia.

The ceremony of installation of information terminals for migrants

On April 10, 2017 a ceremony was held opening the information terminals for Kyrgyz migrants travelling abroad at the international departures lounge on the second floor of the International Airport «Manas”. 

According to the data of the State Migration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, estimated 700,000 Kyrgyz nationals live and work abroad, the great majority in Russia – 660,000, and Kazakhstan – 113,000, and the rest of migrants are scattered in such countries as Turkey – 10,000, Korea – 14,000, and Gulf countries (UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia). In order to expand migrants’ access to relevant information, the State Migration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SMS KR) continues applying innovative technologies in raising migrant awareness together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and with the support of the U.S. Government, extended through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

These information terminals are installed at the Ak-Jol border csrossing checkpoint, at the Information and Consultation Centers under the State Migration Service and in the buildings of the local authorities in Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken, Talas, Naryn and Issyk-Kul oblasts.

«Twelve information terminals will be installed throughout the country in areas with densely concentrated populations,» said Medetbek Aidaraliev, chairperson of the SMS KR. «Citizens can independently use terminals and obtain basic information on departure and arrival rules and regulations, the risks of trafficking in human beings and ways to protect themselves from all kinds of exploitation during migration.»

The installation of information terminals was carried out within the framework of the USAID Dignity and Rights project which aims at assisting citizens to protect themselves throughout the migratory process.

«Informing the population, particularly migrants, about their rights is one of the main objectives of the Project,» said Kimberly Rosen, USAID Country Director in the Kyrgyz Republic. – Since the Project was launched, the information campaigns have already reached out to more than 100,000 people, and the numbers continue growing. Currently USAID is also providing assistance to special centers under the State Migration Service in Bishkek and Osh to provide consultation services to migrants.»

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Regional Thematic Workshop on “Migration and Prevention”, April 5-6, 2017, Osh, Kyrgyzstan

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March 30, 2017
Contact: Aliya Belonossova
Tel: +7 777 779 28 74
Email: aalikova@iom.int

REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON MIGRATION AND PREVENTION BRINGS TOGETHER STATE OFFICIALS, MIGRANT COMMUNITIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN OSH, KYRGYZSTAN 

Osh, Kyrgyzstan — International Organization for Migration/The UN Migration Agency, Sub Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia, in coordination with IOM Kyrgyzstan and Search for Common Ground, and in close cooperation with the Mayor’s office of Osh city, is conducting a Regional Thematic Workshop on “Migration and Prevention” within the framework of USAID Dignity and Rights Project on April 5-6, 2017 in Osh, Kyrgyz Republic.

This capacity building event will gather representatives of state officials, community, spiritual, religious, civil society, and diaspora leaders from Central Asian countries to discuss social and economic issues of migration, integration/re-integration of migrants, vulnerabilities of migrants and potential of radicalization of the most vulnerable groups and strategies of preventing violent extremism.

The participants will also become familiar with the recommendations of the Regional field assessment on “Migrant Vulnerabilities and Integration Needs in Central Asia: Root causes, social and economic impact of return migration”, produced in 2016, within USAID Project “Dignity and Rights”, implemented by IOM.

The Regional Thematic Workshop is taking place on 5-6 April, 2017 at the Shanghai city hotel, located at 22 Nurmatova str., Osh city, Kyrgyz Republic.

With the overall goal to advance human rights and dignity in Central Asia, both as an issue of public policy, as well as civic culture, the USAID Dignity and Rights Project, implemented by International Organization for Migration/The UN Migration Agency, Sub Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia, is one of the many assistance projects made possible by the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Central Asia.

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Regional Thematic Workshop/Training “Combating Trafficking in Persons – Monitoring of CTIP Efforts as Means of Protection of Rights of Victims of Trafficking and Vulnerable Migrants”, 3-4 April 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Regional Thematic Workshop/Training 

“Combating Trafficking in Persons – Monitoring of CTIP Efforts as Means of Protection of Rights of Victims of Trafficking and Vulnerable Migrants” 

3-4 April 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — International Organization for Migration/The UN Migration Agency, Sub Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia, in coordination with IOM Kyrgyzstan, and under the auspices of Chair of Almaty Process – the Kyrgyz Republic, is conducting a Regional Thematic Workshop on Combating Trafficking in Persons – Monitoring of CTIP Efforts as Means of Protection on Rights of Victims of Trafficking and Vulnerable Migrants» on April 3-4, 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

Participants will include government representatives from the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Labor and Social Development, and other relevant ministries; civil society organizations involved in combating trafficking in persons from Central Asia countries; and diplomatic missions and international organizations in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The purpose of this regional event is to provide relevant government and non-government stakeholders with best practices on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of national counter-trafficking efforts and their compliance with the government’s international commitments, as well as to further promote a regional approach on identification and referral of victims of trafficking and other vulnerable groups based on experiences in Asia, the Pacific region, and the Balkan region.

The event is organized within the framework of the IOM program «Addressing Mixed Migration flows in Central Asia through capacity building» Phase III (2016-2017) funded by the Government of the United States (BPRM-PIM) and builds upon and complements the previous regional training conducted under Phase II in April, 2016 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The workshop will be held at the Conference Room of American University of Central Asia, located at 7/6 Aaly Tokombaev str., 12th microdistrict, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

For the additional information you can contact IOM Sub-regional coordination office for Central Asia at:

+77272582240 (ext. 122) or aalikova@iom.int

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IOM presented the findings of the second monitoring report of the Kyrgyz Republic Law on countering trafficking in human beings conducted in 2016

On March 30, 2017, IOM presented the findings of the second monitoring report of the Kyrgyz Republic Law on countering trafficking in human beings conducted in 2016. The meeting was initiated by the MP of Jogorku Kengesh of the Kyrgyz Republic Ms. Evgeniya Strokova, and gathered other MPs as well as the members of the working group on human trafficking issues under the Parliamentary Committee on social policy, education, science, culture and healthcare.

Members of the working group had the opportunity to learn about the main findings of the monitoring report. It will be finalized taking into consideration the recommendations of the discussion and be published by the end of April 2017.

On World TB Day – 24 March 2017

IOM MESSAGE – 24 March 2017

 On World TB Day 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) joins the Stop TB Partnership, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other key partners in redoubling efforts to increase public awareness of tuberculosis and its impact on vulnerable populations such as migrants.

Although tuberculosis is a curable disease, according to the WHO’s Global TB Report 2016, it remains the world’s leading infectious killer disease, with more deaths every year than HIV/AIDS or malaria. Moreover, it leads to stigmatization and discrimination practices in many countries, further reducing opportunities for key populations, including migrants, to access care and prevention services.

The UN General Assembly in September 2016 saw world leaders agreeing on the development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, as well as a Global Compact for Refugees. In this context, the health of all migrants is one of the major concerns that need to be addressed by governments and the international community through the promotion of migrants’ access to health and the respect of their human rights, as well as recognition of the positive contributions made by migrants to sustainable development.

On World TB Day 2017, IOM calls for a more proactive international cooperation and approach to eradicate tuberculosis by 2030, as set by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In May 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted the new End TB Strategy and targets. This strategy aims to end the global TB epidemic by 2035 by setting specific benchmarks and targets. It builds on a “know your epidemic” approach and focuses particularly on serving the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.

To further address and pursue the elimination of tuberculosis, the WHO and IOM have developed recommendations on adaptation of the End TB Strategy to specifically address the needs of migrants and mobile populations.

Every day, IOM Missions around the world implement dedicated programmes and initiatives to fight TB, support vulnerable populations in their access to health services and advocate governments and other stakeholders for more migrant-inclusive health policies.

The path towards a world without TB will lead to a UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018.

Together with our partners, we call for international and coordination action on 24 March 2017 and beyond to ensure that we eradicate TB.

We must ‘Unite to End TB’ because TB knows no borders and we must ‘Leave No One Behind’.

 

Press-release: Mobile application for migrants

Contact Person
Ms. Aisuluu Isabek Kyzy
State Migraion Service of the Kyrgyz Republic
Mobile: 0552 070416
Address: Razzakova 8/1 Str, Bishkek

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24 January 2017, 10am – The State Migration Service of the Kyrgyz Republic presented the Mobile Application which was developed specifically for migrants and provides with an important information about the risks of trafficking in persons, opportunities of legal employment abroad, contacts of helplines, list of licensed private employment agencies, etc.

The presentation was chaired by the chairman of the State Migration Service of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Aidaraliev Medetbek, Coordinator for Central Asia, Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Mr. Dejan Keserovic. The Second Secretary of the Embassy of the United States of America in the Kyrgyz Republic, Political Officer, Mr. Dane R. Robbins attended the presentation.

The mobile application will be a useful tool for all who think of going abroad and need information about safe migration. The Android-based application was developed within the framework of the IOM’s projects “Technical assistance to the Government of Kyrgyzstan to strengthen the legal and operational framework for combating trafficking in persons” funded by the U.S. Department of State’s  Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (JTIP) and is available on Kyrgyz and Russian languages for Android users on the playmarket via following link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.migrate.admin.pagination


 

 

 

Press release: «Nobody will stay aside!» Dedicated to the International Migrants’ Day

On the eve of International Migrants’ Day, being celebrated annually on December 18, the Academy of Public Management under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic (AGUP KR) together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is carrying out the forum on the theme «Migration and development of Kyrgyzstan» within the Global joint programme on mainstreaming migration into national development strategies, financed by the Government of Switzerland.

As, the Head of the office of IOM in KR Mrs. B. Moldobaeva notes: «Every year, IOM calls on the international community to celebrate the “International Migrants’ Day” on December 18 in solidarity with migrants, who face many difficulties in the process of migration. We would like to draw the attention of Governments, the international community and the people on, how it is difficult, particularly for refugees leaving their homes just to save their lives and the lives of their loved ones. But at the same time, IOM notes the positive effects of migration, because according to the principles of our organization, the well-established migration management benefits not only the migrants, but also the sending and receiving communities. If we all work together to facilitate the migration procedures at all levels, we will help all categories of migrants to realize their dreams.»

There are about 244 million international migrants in the world (in 2000 the figure was 173 million people), which is the 3.3% of the world’s population, or every 7th person in the world is a migrant. Nearly half, namely 48% of migrants are the women. The total amount of remittances being sent by migrants is around 583 billion USD (in 2000 the volume of global remittances was only 132 billion USD). These figures prove the fact, the mobility of people in the local and global scale is becoming more active and intensive.

The rector of AGUP KR Mr. Nasirov stressed the importance of scientific research on the topic of migration, in order to find together the practical solutions to the challenges in the field of migration and development: «This is the third year that the Academy is actively conducting the courses on migration for state and municipal officials in Russian and Kyrgyz languages». «We attach great importance to the topic of migration, taking into account the migration trends in Kyrgyzstan and in the post-Soviet countries. To ensure that the state officials have the appropriate knowledge and skills and can provide competent services to the migrants and their families, the serious work in this direction is being carried out at the Academy «, – said Mr. Nasirov.

The program of the Forum includes the presentations of the representatives of the State Migration Service under the Government of KR, IOM, the presentation of the Glossary on Migration and the online course «Remote multi-language training on international migration law with the possibility of obtaining an international certificate» for state and municipal officials of Kyrgyzstan, trained at the Academy, as well as the results of the joint project of AGUP KR and IOM.

Information: On December 18, 1990, the UN General Assembly adopted the International convention on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families. In many countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations hold events and workshops to disseminate information and raise awareness on issues of labor migration. 

Forum will be held on December 15, 2016 at 9:30-12:00

Venue: 237 Panfilov str., Bishkek city. The Academy of Public Management under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic (the main entrance), conference room number 400/1.

Detailed information and contacts for accreditation: Tel.: +996 312 62 22 32, +996 312 62 29 22, E-mail: direo.kg@gmail.cоm, Department of International Cooperation of AGUP KR.

 

Press release: Workshop on National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Identification, Referral and Assisting Victims of Trafficking

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Ministry of the Interior (MoI) of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Counter-Trafficking Task Force Group under the Committee on Social Issues, Education, Science, Culture and Health of the Parliament on October 19-21, 2016 conducted a three-day workshop on Kyrgyzstan’s National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Identification, Referral and Assisting Victims of Trafficking.

The workshop was conducted in the framework of the IOM projects “Technical assistance to the Government of Kyrgyzstan to strengthen the legal and operational framework for combating trafficking in persons” funded by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (JTIP) of the U.S. Department of State and “Dignity and Rights” funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). More than 40 people representing state agencies, members of the working group of the MoI, members of Parliament’s Task Force Group and IOM’s counter-trafficking network, independent experts, and international organizations participated in the workshop.

With the expertise of an international counter trafficking expert, participants built and strengthened their knowledge on, and expertise in, NRM and SOP development to enhance cooperation between government and civil society actors.

During the workshop, participants were introduced to the concept and mechanism of the NRM, discussed VoT identification criteria developed by the MoI, discussed the draft state standards on the establishment and running of the shelter for VoTs, as well as developed draft SOPs on identification and referral of VoTs. This workshop was the first one from the series of SOP development events with a focus on the development of an institutional basis for state assistance to VoTs based on a victim-centered approach.  Other workshops will be dedicated to data protection and confidentiality, particularly of trafficked children, standards of social services to the victims, particularly for trafficked children, and victim-centered investigations of trafficking cases.

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