Challenges to protection of Tajik and Uzbek migrants’ rights have been analysed with national and EU experts

  • Thematic Component: 4. Improvement of Cross-Border Cooperation
  • Country: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

From August 28 to 29, the EU-funded Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA 10) held a seminar on protection of labour migrants’ rights, with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Employment and Poverty Reduction of Uzbekistan.

This programme activity was designed to take stock of the current labour migration flows from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and in particular, the conditions of the labour migrants in the countries of destination. Together with the national and EU experts, the stakeholders from two Central Asian countries analysed the organisational process of pre-departure training for migrants, in order to contribute to better protection of labour migrants’ rights.

As a result of the activity, experts and participants have jointly developed the practical toolkit on migrants’ rights protection at the pre-departure stage, containing the best practices applied in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as ideas for further improvement.

This activity was organised in the framework of the Programme’s Component 4, “Improvement of Cross-Border Cooperation”, and is aimed at improving living conditions in border areas through local economic development, with a focus on human rights, gender equality and vulnerable groups.