Central Asian NGOs Supported by USAID Launch Online Campaign to Mark International Migrants Day

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Mustafa, a migrant from Tajikistan, stranded at the Kazakhstan Zhibek Zholi border crossing along with other migrants, who received assistance from USAID.
Mustafa, a migrant from Tajikistan, stranded at the Kazakhstan Zhibek Zholi border crossing along with other migrants, who received assistance from USAID.
Arman Baisadikov

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

December 22, 2021 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Safe Migration in Central Asia activity, implemented by Winrock International, partnered with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Central Asia to hold a four-day online campaign dedicated to International Migrants Day, marked annually on December 18. The campaign shared stories of migrants to raise awareness on migrants’ rights. More than a dozen NGOs from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan joined the online campaign to tell stories of migrants who improved their lives after returning home and receiving support from the USAID-funded Safe Migration in Central Asia activity.

Migration is a global phenomenon and despite its positive impact of powering economic growth and diversity, many people hold contradictory and often negative perceptions about migrants both in source and destination countries. This leads to social exclusion and discrimination, which can be countered by engaging communities with migrants. The online campaign focused on reminding people to treat migrants with dignity and respect and to see them as equal members of society. All participating organizations used the hashtags #МыРавны2021 (WeEqual2021) and #МыВсеМигранты2021 (WeAllMigrants2021) to participate in the digital campaign.

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The USAID-funded Safe Migration in Central Asia activity is being implemented by Winrock International in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It is a five-year activity that uses evidence-based practices and cross-border connections to strengthen the mutual accountability and effectiveness of governments, NGOs, and the private sector to prevent trafficking-in-persons, protect survivors, and promote safe migration. The activity works in close cooperation with local governments, civil society, and the private sector to improve migration practices and prevent exploitation. For more information on USAID’s work in Central Asia, visit https://www.usaid.gov/central-asia-regional.

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Last updated: May 27, 2022

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