Although the phenomenon
of migration is not novel since humans have always migrated in an effort to
escape conflicts, poverty and economic hardship, yet it has recently been at
the forefront of discussions by various key role players all around the globe
due to the fact that many migrant workers find themselves to be vulnerable in
legal and economic terms. This is particularly true in Central Asia, especially
in Kazakhstan. In fact, labour migration for the most part continues
to be a spontaneous unregulated process with limited opportunities for organized
legal employment. As a result, the overwhelming majority of migrant workers
continue to be unprotected in their labour and social rights, and are at risk
of labour exploitation, human trafficking and have limited opportunities to
realize their potential and development.
As a matter of fact, migrant
workers are not aware that they have the right to receive state guaranteed
legal aid. The weakening of state control over the quality of legal assistance
and the performance of lawyers’ duties
affect the quality of the services provided. Despite the existence of an active civil society in Kazakhstan, CSOs
still do not have enough capacity to provide professional legal services to
migrant workers. In fact, they have little experience in lobbying and protecting
interests of their beneficiaries, and this seriously imposes limits on CSOs’ ability to contribute to protecting
In this regard, the two-day round table training will be aimed at
developing the capacity and mechanisms to protect the rights of migrants, which
will subsequently enable CSOs to cooperate more effectively with each other and
with government agencies to coordinate efforts to protect migrants’ rights.
objective of the two-day training is to build the organizational capacity of
civil society organizations, and to raise awareness of the issues related to labour
migration in Kazakhstan amongst government agencies.
The training is
expected to facilitate a greater co-operation between NGOs and the governmental
Venue and Dates
The event will
take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 19-20 February 2018 at the ‘Rixos Almaty’ hotel located at
506/99 Seyfullin Street.
The training will
bring together representatives of pertinent government bodies (such as judges,
prosecutors, law enforcement officers, police liaison officers) and NGOs that
work in the field of migration.
international organizations such as UNODC, UNFPA and UN Women will also partake
in the event.
tickets, accommodation as well as daily subsistence allowance (in accordance
with the IOM rates) will be provided to international experts.
interpretation will be provided in English, Russian and Kazakh. No written
translation service will be available.
are requested to complete and send the attached registration form by email no
later than 25 January 2018.