Statelessness:Between Heaven and Earth
For the Central Asian countries, statelessness remains a challenge. Majority of stateless persons have no identity documents and lack access to basic human rights including social and economic rights, right to education, family and property rights.
“Central Asia represents a unique opportunity when it comes to the statelessness issue, because there is a great willingness among the governments in the region to solve these problems. Also the problem is manageable in terms of the numbers and also in terms of resources that these countries have available to help solve these problems. Partnership with the civil society is vital for resolving the issue of statelessness, and I am very optimistic that the region can become the first region in the world to completely eliminate this problem of statelessness” – said Mr. Bernard Doyle, Regional Representative/Regional Coordinator for Central Asia.
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UNHCR in Central Asia
For the Central Asian countries, statelessness remains a challenge. However, "Central Asia represents a unique opportunity when it comes to the statelessness issue, because there is a great willingness among the governments in the region to solve these problem"– said Mr. Bernard Doyle, Regional Representative/Regional Coordinator for Central Asia.
Mixed migratory movements have always been a part of nomadic life in Central Asia. Historically, these movements appeared along with the trade routes in the region. People moved to and from the region before, during and after the Soviet period. The majority of migrants in Central Asia are driven by a search for better economic opportunities. However, conflicts, human rights abuses and natural disasters are also major causes of population movements.
Self-Sustainable Initiatives Help Refugees Contribute to Economic Prosperity in their Host Countries
To support and increase self – sustainability of refugees in host countries, UNHCR and its partners implement different programs on self- sustainability
UNHCR Kyrgyzstan is addressing the outstanding issues through participating in a peacebuilding project which aims to provide conditions for sustainable reintegration of those affected by the June events and, at the same time, prevent conflict and displacement in the future.
In Central Asia statelessness remains a significant issue. For 2014 it is estimated that there are about 30,000 stateless persons in the region.
Ensuring access to education is one of the core components of UNHCR’s international protection and durable solutions mandate.