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

All information you need to know for visiting Canada you will find in this section. Immediately, you will be able to apply for work, guest or student visa.

William Lacy Swing became “Person of the Month”

Ambassador William Lacy Swing has dedicated his career to public service on behalf of the United States of America and the international community. William Lacy Swing has ably led International Organization of Migration over the past five years.


IOM has been working on the problem of human trafficking in Central Asia since 1998. IOM was the first organization to raise this pressing issue and direct the attention of Central Asian governments to the illegal exportation of their citizens abroad for the purposes of sexual and labour exploitation. Over the last ten years, IOM, in support of the international drive to fight human trafficking, has implemented numerous projects aimed at the prevention of human trafficking, protection of victims of trafficking, prosecution of recruiters and traffickers and development of regional co-operation among the countries of Central Asia. IOM also works closely with intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

IOM Counter-Trafficking Programme in the Republic of Kazakhstan started in August 2002. IOM response to human trafficking focuses on three broad areas known as three ‘Ps’: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution. The various components are funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs/US Department of States.

Due to its economic situation and geographical location, Kazakhstan serves as a destination, transit and source country for victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labour. Despite the consequences of the global economic crisis, Kazakhstan remains attractive for citizens from less economically stable countries of Central Asia. The absolute majority of victims trafficked to Kazakhstan comes from neighbouring Uzbekistan. The main destination countries for Kazakhs are UAE, Turkey, and Russia. Local labour market is mainly restricted to the biggest cities, therefore, a number of in-country trafficking cases increased in past years.





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