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[25.11.2OO2] Ethnic Kyrgyz Do Not Wish to Go Back To Tajikistan

UN High Commission on Refugees, International Migration Organization and Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation are going to provide support in assessing the problem of ethnic Kyrgyz that fled from Tajikistan into Kyrgyzstan at the time of the civil war. Press service of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic has made this announcement on Thursday.
UN High Commission on Refugees will speed up the issuance of Kyrgyz passports to the refugees. International Migration Organization will continue to sponsor improvement of migration legislation, elaboration of a unified information network to monitor entry, stay and departure of the foreign citizens. FMS of the RF intends to strengthen cooperation with migration service department of the MFA of the KR and to help search for employers in Russia. A wave of ethnic Kyrgyz emigration from Tajikistan dates back to 1993. There are about 15 thousand of them in the Kyrgyz Republic at the present time. UNHCR and other charity organizations have helped them to move to Kyrgyzstan. Due to scarce funds government failed to provide the refugees with the necessary support. Most of the ethnic Kyrgyz from Tajikistan reside in Kyrgyzstan now and do not wish to come back home. Many have found jobs or are cultivating the land allotted to them
Deutche Welle, November 25, 2002

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