International Organization for Migration

IOM Mission
in Tajikistan

Sumaia Yusupova's story

To celebrate International Women's Day 2018 IOM Tajikistan has collected three stories that well represent some of the strong, independent women the organisation is working with.     

I was born and raised in Shaartuz.  I did not finish school, only studied until 8th grade.  After I dropped out of school, I helped my grandma with cooking and cleaning.  When I was 16 years old, I was married off to a family acquaintance.  My husband used to sell pirozhki in the market when we first got married.  Within a year of our marriage, my husband went to Russia for the first time.  In 2009 I went to Russia for the first time too.  I worked for a year and returned back to Tajikistan.  Next time I went to Russia was in 2011. 

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The Women Who Guard Afghanistan and Tajikistan’s Borders

To celebrate International Women's Day 2018 IOM Tajikistan has collected three stories that well represent some of the strong, independent women the organisation is working with.


Dushanbe, Tajikistan - The border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan stretches for over 1,300 kilometers across harsh, mountainous terrain, cutting through some of the most inaccessible and remote places on earth.

The geography alone makes this one of the world’s most difficult borders to manage. But the job facing the Tajik and Afghan border agencies has become even tougher with growing insecurity in northern Afghanistan since 2014.

Better coordination between Tajik and Afghan border guards has become essential as both sides try to encourage legal cross-border business, while combating the often deadly threat posed by narcotics and people traffickers.

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Doing Business on the Roof of the World

The Tajik-Afghan border stretches for over 1300 kilometres through remote, inaccessible, and extremely mountainous terrain. It cuts through the Pamir Mountains, the so-called “Roof of the World”, home to some of the world’s highest mountains at the junction of the Hindu Kush, Tian Shan and Himalayan ranges.

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IOM Global Migration Film Festival in Tajikistan for the First Time

The Global Migration Film Festival featured new films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities. 

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Our Right of Passage Should be Safe Migration, Not Leaky Boats

By William Lacy Swing

Geneva — “I’m a migrant, but didn't have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.”   Thus spoke United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in September 2017.

With a memorable turn of phrase, he captured what is perhaps one of the overriding challenges facing the world today. While we live at a time when a privileged elite considers global mobility virtually its birth-right, it is denied to countless others trapped in hopelessly bad economic or conflict circumstances.

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Facts and figures on modern slavery

Source: Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Forced Marriage. By ILO, Walk Free Foundation, and IOM, 2017

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Better Food Today, Better Future Tomorrow: IOM Tajikistan brings food security of children from migrant families up

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Migration Agency-International Organization for Migration (IOM) marked the migration-themed World Food Day with series of information events conducted in the country. This year the World Food Day is dedicated to: “Change the future of migration: invest in food security and rural development” and is being celebrated as  part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Campaigning Month globally.

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IOM Tajikistan Social Media Contest Results

Behruz Rahmonov, 18, student of the Dalyan University of Languages in China, and Bunyod Pulodzoda, 23, student of the Khujand State University, were awarded with modern big screen smart LG TV sets for winning IOM Tajikistan social media essay contest announced under USAID Dignity and Rights project.

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International Organization for Migration - Mission in Tajikistan

734013, 22A Azizbekov Street, 2nd Driveway, Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan
Tel.: (+992 48) 701 0202, 701 0303, 701 0222
Fax.: (+992 37) 251 0062
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