Migration processes continue to grow in the Kyrgyz Republic. Currently, migration directly affects over 3 million people (approx. 50% of the total population), and it will remain an important economic and social factor in the foreseeable future, and a constituent part of foreign policy.  Therefore, harmonisation of conflict-ascertainment and migration-related legal actions is a primary objective for government policy development and implementation in the long-term.

On April 24th-26th in Bishkek, the expert team consisting of European and national experts started the review of legislation in the Kyrgyz Republic in the field of migration management and the fight against illegal migration. Experts identified obstacles in implementing the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the measures taken to eliminate them.  A desk review of the current legal and regulatory acts was conducted to identify any conflicts, contradictions or norms that have not been implemented in the government decisions in the sphere of migration management and tackling illegal migration.

A series of expert interviews also took place with staff from the State Migration and Registration Services under the Government of the KR, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security and the Kyrgyz State Border Service on the subject of challenges faced within the implementation of Kyrgyz laws on migration management and tackling illegal migration.

As a result of this activity, recommendations for the Kyrgyz Government and the relevant authorities will be made, aiming at improving the legal and regulatory framework in the sphere of migration management and tackling illegal migration. Key study findings and the summary report will be presented in the beginning of June 2018.