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How many ethnic Kazakhs returned to homeland in 2019?

5 December 2019 12:53

NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM More than 13,000 ethnic Kazakhs have returned to the homeland in 2019, according to Minister of Labour and Social Protection Birzhan Nurymbetov, who said it at a roundtable meeting on migration held in Almaty.

«Kazakhstan is one of those rare countries which creates favorable conditions for the repatriation of ethnic Kazakhs. More than 1mn ethnic Kazakhs have returned to Kazakhstan since 1991. In 2019, their number was 13,000,» Birzhan Nurymbetov said.

Kazakhstan is a country of transit, destination, and sending the migrants. That is why, the problem of uncontrolled global migration is urgent for our republic.

«It is not easy to estimate the volume and composition of uncontrolled migration. For this reason, it is important to develop common approaches and data collection system at the international and regional level,» he added.

Last year Kazakhstan joined the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

«In our opinion, we should promote constant dialogue and exchange of information on migration. We need certain mechanisms of monitoring the migration flows to forecast and solve the problems related to uncontrolled migration,» he stressed.