On 23 December 2021 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, handed over computer and office equipment in the amount of KGS 1,560,832 to the Migration Department of the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Migration of the Kyrgyz Republic for employees of territorial divisions of Osh and Batken regions as part of the ongoing cooperation to improve the asylum system and ensure protection of the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the Kyrgyz Republic.
In 2021, these territorial divisions were tasked to provide support for refugees.
“UNHCR remains committed to work with the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan to protect and assist those forced to flee in line with the humanitarian principles. Principles, which the pandemic has only highlighted and which are at the heart of the Global Compact on Refugees: a spirit of solidarity to work together, share responsibilities, and ensure that people forced to flee are included in national responses. We remain available to seek solutions – together – in a spirit of collaboration and constructive partnership”, said Hans Friedrich Schodder, UNHCR Representative for Central Asia.
“We highly appreciate the assistance provided by UNHCR to the territorial divisions of the Ministry and note that it will be another contribution to further strengthening of international cooperation in solving refugee problems. UNHCR has always been and will remain a strategic partner of the Ministry in protecting the rights of refugees,” said Kudaibergen Bazarbaev, the Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Migration of the Kyrgyz Republic.
As of November 2021, 324 refugees and 633 asylum seekers live in the Kyrgyz Republic. UNHCR will continue to support government agencies and other partners to ensure protection and access to the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.