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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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