More than 300,000 migrant workers are living illegally in Kazakhstan although the official statistics show only about 40,000 migrants. The Secretary of the Human Rights Commission under the President of Kazakhstan presented the data in his report. According to Tastemir Abishev the majority of migrants come from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. More than half of them work in trade in markets. Others are recruited in the construction and agriculture. With the aim to combat the illegal labor migration, experts urge active use of international experience and work together with the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

 

Tastemir ABISHEV, SECRETARY OF COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN:

Now we have simplified the procedure for obtaining a work permit. It is necessary to pay minimum calculation index in double amount to the budget, and a person can work for an individual up to 3 months, but it can be extended after. Our report is aimed at attraction of highly qualified migrants into nanotechnology, engineering science, computer programmers, and scientists, according to the models of the U.S., New Zealand, Canada and Singapore.

 

The Commission also submitted reports on the situation with human trafficking. As it turned out, every year more than 350 criminal cases are being initiated. Experts say there are gaps in the social legislation in the country relating to assistance to victims of violence and labor exploitation.

 

Tastemir ABISHEV, SECRETARY OF COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN:

28 crisis centers, 18 of them are shelters. The major problem is in identifying victims of trafficking. In this direction efforts should be intensified in making Kazakh specialized NGOs or government agencies to provide comprehensive assistance to victims of trafficking in Kazakhstan.

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