International Organization for Migration in Kazakhstan and Central Asia invites all stakeholders to participate in a panel session on "Migration and development in the countries of the Customs Union" at the VII Astana Economic Forum, which will be held on 21-23 May in the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The panel session will be held at Palace of Independence in Astana on 22 May, at 11.30a.m., organized and moderated by the International Organization for Migration.

Canadian Visa Application Centre in Kazakhstan

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William Lacy Swing became “Person of the Month”

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Regional Migration Programme

This programme concerns labour migration and is a logical continuation of Central Asia Regional Migration Programme (CARMP) implemented by IOM, UN Women and the World Bank with a support of UK Aid (DFID) between 2010 and 2013. As such RMP builds on the results of CARMP and is designed to ensure longer term sustainability of the CARMP/RMP intervention.
This programme aims to contribute to better protection of rights and enhancing social and economic opportunities of migrant men, women and their families. This is to be achieved through improving the capacity of government and other stakeholders for policy making and service implementation (Output 1 – implemented by IOM and the WB); Improving the services available for migrant workers and their families (Output 2 - implemented by IOM). Support to women and children left behind in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (Output 3 - implemented by UN Women).
Labour migration is a widespread phenomenon in Central Asia when migrant workers from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan search for employment opportunities in Russia and Kazakhstan. Due to unregulated situation with management of labour migration processes, labour migration is overwhelmingly a spontaneous, irregular process with limited opportunities for legal employment. Constantly changing migration policies in two target countries are a challenge so is limited capacity of respective structures to manage migration. When it comes to cooperation between civil society and state structures both sides are rather hesitant which also affects the migrants themselves, and their families.
This is happening because a consistent approach towards labour migration is lacking, existing policies don’t always respond to the actual needs, instruments and tools to implement policies and provide services to migrants are limited.
Hence vast majority of migrant workers remain unprotected with limited social and economic opportunities.
The majority of migrant workers working in the Russian Federation/Kazakhstan were forced to migrate because their income was not enough, even for basic needs. Facing the need to earn the means to ensure the survival of their families, migrant workers often see no alternative to working under irregular and exploitative conditions. Labour migration, in its turn, provides them a vital source of income and, in some cases, builds up their autonomy, self- confidence and social status.
Overall objective of the programme is to contribute to poverty reduction in Central Asia through the improved livelihoods of migrant men and women.
Specific programme purpose is to protect the rights and enhance the social and economic opportunities of migrant men, women and their families.

Regional Migration Programme

Results: Examples of some of the key results to be delivered by this programme are:
Output 1: Improved capacity of government and other stakeholders to make policy and implement services in sending and receiving countries
• Over 500 government officials and non-state partners in four countries increased understanding and skills on issues around labour migration and development and capacitated to work on policy improvements and provision of services to migrants;
• At least 10 developments introduced pertaining to policy changes, new structures and referral mechanisms created amongst state, public and private stakeholders;
• 5 analytical pieces (policy outputs) produced.
Output 2: Improved services provided throughout the migration cycle to migrant workers in sending (Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan) and receiving countries (Russia, Kazakhstan).
• Information/Support Centres for migrants in four countries provide effective legal and other specific advice to approximately 200 000 migrant workers ( 30% women) to enable them to make more informed decisions about their migration processes;
• Over 100 migrant workers participated in a pilot organized recruitment and 25 supported with vocational training;
• About 1 mln people, employers and migrants reached by publicity campaign in four countries to be equipped with the knowledge about how to migrate and work legally and where to turn for assistance.
Output 3: Improved services provided to vulnerable individuals and families in targeted communities in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
• 2800 women gained access to legal aid assistance to protect their rights;
• 7600 vulnerable families assisted gained access to services that aim to improve their livelihoods and income in targeted communities in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
• Number of households reporting generating income increased.
Activities: The following actions will be taken under each of the outputs to contribute to the overall objective and programme purpose:
Output 1: Enhancing capacity at the central and local level of key state institutions to make policies and provide services; strengthening multi-stakeholder cooperation between government and civil society on service delivery and policy development.
Output 2: Legal counselling and support to migrant workers and their families to increase awareness and knowledge on legal procedures of migration, risks, rights and responsibilities; Increasing the knowledge and skills of migrants; Facilitating and piloting organized recruitment and professional training; Increasing awareness of population on migration-related issues through information campaign and outreach
Output 3: Improving access of vulnerable women to free legal services; Empowering vulnerable local communities to improve their economic and social opportunity; Strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations and religious leaders to address and respond to the social consequences of labour migration on women’s rights.

Programmatic approach: Expert support and policy advice, Regional networking, Technical cooperation and capacity building, Awareness raising, Protection and direct assistance, Community work.
Programme Partner Organizations: IOM, UNWOMEN, World Bank, DFID.
Stakeholders: Government of Tajikistan, Government of Kyrgyzstan, Government of Kazakhstan, Government of Russia, Parliaments, NGOs and other service providers, Community based organizations, Media.
Management Framework: The project will be administered by IOM Moscow, WB Moscow, UN WOMEN Almaty, DFID Dushanbe.
Duration: 15 months (January 2014 - March 2015).





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