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Project News:Opening new avenues for collaboration in Tajikistan

25 March 2019

From 13-15 March the EU-funded MIEUX initiative (Migration EU Expertise – ) organised a three-day workshop to support Tajikistan’s development of a new roadmap towards the diversification of external labour migration and actualisation of relevant policies and legal documents. The workshop involved Tajik government officials and other stakeholder groups including private employment agencies.

Migration trends in Tajikistan are dominated by the emigration of Tajik nationals, especially to Russia, in pursuit of better work opportunities. One official estimate as of 2015 said that almost 600,000 Tajiks - approximately seven percent of Tajikistan’s population - resided abroad permanently. As a result, the Tajik government has recently started focusing on the diversification of its labour migration schemes, especially with regard to potential new countries of destination such as EU countries, Turkey, South Korea and Canada. 

According to Madam Sumangul Tagoyzoda, Tajikistan’s Minister of Labour, Migration and Employment of Population, the new roadmap developed during the MIEUX workshop could even serve as a basis for Tajikistan’s new strategy on migration, due to its high quality and various chapters of relevance. In a meeting with an ICMPD delegation led by Mr. Radim Zak, Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Minsiter congratulated ICMPD on the good collaboration and particularly mentioned MIEUX as well as the migration policy dialogues Budapest Process and Prague Process as valuable instruments supporting Tajikistan’s migration governance. She also expressed her country’s interest in the experience of ICMPD Silk Routes’ team in managing Migrant Resource Centres in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iraq, as similar or related services may be required in Tajikistan in the future, and in continuing the cooperation on strategic and practical levels such as the implementation of the new Roadmap.