International Organization for Migration

IOM Mission
in Tajikistan

Key migration data 2019 for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia is home to a highly diverse group of citizens, 32.8 million of which decided to cross international borders and generously contributed to the global economy. In fact, 3.5 per cent of the world population, or 272 million individuals, are migrants. Most international migrants remain within the region, with the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Kazakhstan being the most popular destinations. However, we see new migration trends in Eastern Europe forming of late. A high level of migration occurs within their countries too – urbanisation is on the rise across most of the region, as more opportunities are being created in larger cities.

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IOM Joins Call to Action on Socioeconomic Impacts of COVID-19 on Remittances

Geneva - As the world faces the economic and broader development repercussions of COVID-19, remittances to low- and middle-income countries are projected to fall sharply in 2020 - by about 20 percent or US $110 billion. A reduction in remittances, in particular for remittance dependent countries, communities and households, can have substantial socio-economic impacts.   

Today, the International Organization for Migrations joins a global Call to Action, Remittances in Crisis – How to Keep Them Flowing, which draws the attention of the international community to the issue of the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on remittances and the financial situation of migrants and their families.

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“Clear and Present Crisis” in Russian Federation and Central Asia – IOM Launches Urgent Appeal

Moscow/Nur Sultan – The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on Central Asia and the Russian Federation, where migration influences every aspect of daily life.   

Thousands of migrants are stranded due to travel restrictions. Remittance flows – the lifeblood of several regional economies – has slowed to a trickle.   

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AFEW International, AFEW Kyrgyzstan and IOM Tajikistan launched a project for Tajik migrants

Tajikistan is a country marked by a high level of labour migration due to a lack of work in the country. According to official figures, in 2019 more than 500.000 Tajiks left the country for working abroad. The majority works in Russia, where there is a high prevalence of HIV. The proportion of the Tajik migrants among new registered HIV cases in Tajikistan increased  from 10.1 percent in 2014 to 18.8 percent in 2018. Also, little is known about migration of key populations, such as people who use drugs and men who have sex with men (MSM), and their behavior in using health services while working abroad.

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Attention Filmmakers: The Global Migration Film Festival Opens its Fifth Season with a Worldwide Call for Submissions

Geneva – The world’s largest film festival dedicated to migration is launching its Fifth Edition, starting with a worldwide call for entries. All submissions will be considered for the festival in the categories of features, shorts and online films. All submissions may be offered for review starting next month (6 April) and must be submitted no later than 21 June 2020. 

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The Rights and Health of Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Must be Protected in COVID-19 Response

OHCHR, IOM, UNHCR and WHO - Joint Press Release  

Geneva - In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, we are all vulnerable. The virus has shown that it does not discriminate - but many refugees, those forcibly displaced, the stateless and migrants are at heightened risk. 

Three-quarters of the world’s refugees and many migrants are hosted in developing regions where health systems are already overwhelmed and under-capacitated.  Many live in overcrowded camps, settlements, makeshift shelters or reception centers, where they lack adequate access to health services, clean water and sanitation. 

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COVID-19 does not discriminate; nor should our response

Geneva - As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Network on Migration salutes the immense efforts to date to combat this crisis and urges that all – including migrants regardless of their migratory status – are included in efforts to mitigate and roll back this illness’s impact. To that end, migrants must be seen as both potential victims and as an integral part of any effective public health response. It is particularly important that all authorities make every effort to confront xenophobia, including where migrants and others are subject to discrimination or violence linked to the origin and spreading of the pandemic. COVID-19 does not discriminate, and nor should our response, if it is to succeed. 

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Awaken, the morning Nowruz breeze is showering the garden with flowers

Those lines are uppermost on the minds of millions of people in at least 21 countries – plus millions more migrants around the globe - as they begin the celebration of Nowruz, which is the beginning of spring and also often known as Persian New Year.

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International Organization for Migration - Mission in Tajikistan

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