Message from IOM
for Central Asia

We live in an age of unprecedented human mobility. Migration is considered one of the defining global issues of the early twenty-first century, with more and more people on the move today than at any other point in history


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International Organization for Migration reconstructed a special simulation room in the Training Center for Prosecutors of Prosecutor General’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic

June 22, 2016. Bishkek. Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IO M) in the Kyrgyz Republic has finished a reconstruction of the special simulation room in the Training Center for Prosecutors of Prosecutor General’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic. The special simulation room was designed to conduct training interviews with victims of trafficking and increase capacity of prosecutors for a victim-centered approach in the field of counter trafficking in person. The simulation room will give the newly appointed and acting prosecutors the opportunity to observe and be a part of trainings on ethical interviewing of victims of trafficking and witnesses using the victim-centered approach.

Technical assistance was provided within the framework of project «Assistance to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to strengthen the legal and technical framework for combating trafficking in persons”, financed by the US State Department (JTIP).  In addition, the JTIP project includes the development of amendments to the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic in the field of combating human trafficking, bringing it in line with international standards. It also includes the development of national identification criteria and standard operating procedures for assistance to the victims of trafficking, development of a victim-centered training modules for prosecutors and judges and relevant training of prosecutors, judges and law-enforcement officers.

The opening ceremony was held on 22 June 2016 with participation of the Coordinator for Central Asia and Head of IOM Mission in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Mr. Deian Keserovic and Director of the Training Center for Prosecutors of Prosecutor General’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ms. Damira Kaimova.

IOM facilitates a study visit on Migration and Development for a Kyrgyz Delegation to Moldova

From June 6 to June 10, 2016, a delegation from Kyrgyzstan representing 10 agencies visited Chisinau, Moldova to learn and exchange experience in regulating migratory processes. During the study visit, the Kyrgyz Delegation focused on the following areas:

• Capacity and knowledge of the decision- and policy-influencers of migration governance system in developing and implementing M&D priorities;
• Best practices of Moldova in engaging with its diaspora abroad, in attracting diaspora potential into development initiatives, in creating funds for attracting monetary investments from diaspora communities and channeling these funds into development initiatives in Moldova;
• Best practices in creating an inter-agency mechanism on introducing and implementing Migration and Development (M&D) priorities at State Level, mechanism of agency migration focal points, their interaction with each other, accomplishments and challenges.

As a result of the study visit the delegation has identified several priorities that can be recommended in Kyrgyzstan for improving the migration governance to maximize its positive impact in development, such as: amend the Law on Diaspora Engagement, develop a 3-year Plan of Action for the Diaspora Engagement Council, determine key ministries and agencies that need to have migration focal points, guardianship for children left behind, and a system for developing evidence-based migration policy (an electronic system for collecting, sharing and analyzing migratory data).

The study visit was organized within the Global Joint Programme on Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies, implemented by IOM and UNDP with the financial support of the Government of Switzerland. The desired impact of the programme is to enable governments and their partners to better measure, and make more visible the human development impacts of migration; and to govern the migration phenomenon so as to increase the human development outcomes and mitigate the risks for migrants, their families and communities at origin and destination.

As many as eight countries participate in implementing the Global Joint Programme: Bangladesh, Ecuador, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, Serbia, and Tunisia.

Saving Migrant Lives – 18 December – International Migrants Day

On December 18th, 2014, in Bishkek and Osh IOM Mission in Kyrgyzstan marked the International Migrants Day. Our theme was “Saving Migrants’ Lives” and our focus was the global humanitarian challenge posed by the plight of thousands of migrants who die while trying to reach safety.

On the International Migrants Day 2013, IOM focused on “Desperation Migration” and produced the first global estimates of the numbers of migrants dying on migratory routes.  New IOM data show that the numbers are increasing and 2014 was the deadliest year on record. The final figure, published on December 18th, was close to 5,000 – more than twice the 2,378 deaths reported last year.

According to official data presented by MFA in 2013-2014 nearly 404 bodies of deceased migrants were returned to Kyrgyzstan.

We know that migration – and particularly irregular migration – is a controversial topic around the world.  But we urgently need to change this lens through which people view migration.  Specifically we urge the international community to take more responsibility for saving the lives of the thousands of migrants – men, women and children. It is unacceptable that anyone fleeing for their life be denied safe haven or rescue.  Migrants fleeing war, religious extremism and natural disasters deserve our empathy – not our indifference (William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General).

On December 18 , 2014 at 11.00 at the Old Square of Bishkek and at the ethnographic park Alymbek Datka in Osh, the Mission of the International Organization for Migration and its partner NGOs, volunteers and students carried out campaigns to commemorate migrants from Kyrgyzstan who have died abroad.

We released 650 white and red balloons into the sky. White colour symbolized the deaths of migrants from Kyrgyzstan who had died in the destination countries for the last two years, and the red balloons symbolized the number of victims of human trafficking saved by IOM Kyrgyzstan in 2013-2014.

Innovative methods of training public servants on migration and development

In order to ensure sustainability of training of public servants, the International Organization for Migration is negotiating a cooperation agreement with the Academy of Public Governance under the President’s Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic. This initiative is undertaken within the Global Joint Programme on Mainstreaming Migration into Development Strategies and also within the Regional Migration Programme.

The public servant training poject will be implemented in several stages which include customizing the international migration training to local context and  mainstreaming migration into Academy’s educational curriculum, translation of the training materials into Kyrgyz and Russian languages, piloting training sessions for public servants, and possibly in the long-run, introducing of a Master’s Degree on migration at the Academy.

In this regard, IOM organizad a training of trainers in Issyk -Kul on 18-21 November 2014 for trainers and employees of the Academy, employees of the Ministry of Economy and Antimonopoly, Ministry of Labour, Migration and Youth, and the National Institute for Strategic Studies. The training was conducted by IOM chief specialists from Geneva and Vienna. The training was held basd on innovative methods of training public servants on migration issues developed by IOM. The training modules included such topics as migration and development nexus, engaging with diaspora for development, migration theories and practical solutions in migration management.


An Employment Centre under the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Youth of the Kyrgyz Republic was opened on November 19, 2014 in Osh within the premises of the Osh Oblast Administration. The Centre was refurbished, furnished and equipped by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) within the Regional Migration Programme funded by the UK Government.

This is the second similar centre in Kyrgyzstan. The first centre was opened in Bishkek in 2013 also with the support of IOM and the UK Government. The Employment Centre conducts job matching by registering job seekers and looking for vacancies abroad, provides job counseling, organizes pre-employment and pre-departure orientation to migrant workers. The centre has been successfully employing Kyrgyzstan citizens to work in Russia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, UAE, Qatar and Turkey.

The Osh Employment Centre will be providing similar services of employment abroad. The set of services will include employment services for job seekers, job counseling, professional orientation, collecting vacancies from foreign employers, registering the unemployed, advertising the vacancies, pre-departure orientation, etc.

Main goal of the Regional Migration Programme is to contribute to reducing poverty in Central Asia by helping to improve social and economic conditions of migrants and their families. Employment Centres are vital institutions in protecting the rights of migrant workers throughout the facilitated and regularized labour migration process.

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