Today the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic, supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conducted a simulation exercise in Osh region.
The exercise was aimed at working out government response plans in the unlikely event of mass arrival of refugees and enhancing coordination between state authorities, international and other organizations in emergency response. As part of the exercise, activities on receiving, registration, accommodation and comprehensive humanitarian aid to refugees and mechanisms of interaction with key stakeholders were tested.
“Partnering for efficient preparedness and response to forced displacement during emergencies is one of key areas of UNHCR work in the Kyrgyz Republic. At the same time UNHCR continues encouraging and supporting the Kyrgyz Government to adequately protect the small number of long-standing asylum-seekers on its territory”, said Dumitru Lipcanu, UNHCR Deputy Representative for Central Asia.
The exercise was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Labor, Social Security and Migration, the Ministry of Energy and Industry, the Ministry of Digital Development, the Ministry of Health and other government agencies, as well as representatives of UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan and other relevant organizations.
As of 31 December 2021, Kyrgyzstan hosts 1,003 refugees and asylum seekers, most of whom came from Afghanistan and have been living in Kyrgyzstan for years.