Migration

Nowadays, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has increased the number of people, who want to move to other places.

That’s why migration is a very important question for the world, and especially for the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Today some of the world’s largest international labor migration trends are registered among Central Asian countries and with the Russian Federation. A large proportion of migrant workers come from the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. But other countries are also sources of migration labor in the region, including Ukraine, Moldova, and Armenia.

In the post-Soviet countries, there are no documents that would regulate the issues of HIV prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for migrants as well as their legal status. Migrant workers do not get the adequate services in the countries where they work which inevitably leads to the decline of their health status and to the growth of the HIV epidemic in the region. There are numerous examples where migrant workers with HIV have no access to antiretroviral therapy in the places of temporary residence. Also, legislation of some countries provides for the deportation of foreign citizens with HIV. It causes that migrants experience stigma and discrimination on many levels.

That’s why it’s so important to talk about migrants today and to take actions to improve their lives. Working in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for more than 20 years AFEW International expands access to healthcare facilities for migrants in the EECA region. Ending discrimination and changing laws towards migrants is our common responsibility, it is what we all can do!

More funds are required to promote migrants’ health

In December 2019, IOM Tajikistan together with AFEW International and AFEW Kyrgyzstan launched the project “Improving migrants’ access to HIV serv ...

A roundtable “Migration and HIV in EECA”

On December 17th, the Regional Expert Group on Migration and Health will hold a roundtable “Migration and HIV in EECA region” that will take place ...

Regional dialogue on HIV and Migration from Central Asia

Dear partners, colleagues and friends, IOM jointly with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Republic of Tajikistan, AFEW International ...

Roles and perspectives of key stakeholders on access to health services for labour migrants from Central Asia to Russia

The roles and perspectives of key stakeholders on access to health services for labour migrants in Russia have not been studied extensively. Chamid Su ...

Migrants in need. COVID-19 and the impact on labor migrants’ health, income, food and travel

How NGOs in Russia and Kazakhstan are helping migrants. ...

Labor migration: awareness and access

There are currently about a million citizens of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan working in the Russian Federation. Key groups of the population are also mi ...

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Central Asian Migrants in Russia

On the 16 July the Central Asia Program of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) will organize a webinar "The COVID-19 Pand ...

Safe migration

The head of "Nakukor" NGO, Bakhodur Khaitov, a partner of the project “Improving migrants’ access to HIV services in Tajikistan” told AFEW Inter ...

Labour migrants in Russia and their needs

Daniel Kashnitsky, a junior researcher at the Higher School of Economics on direction on labour migration and HIV positive migrants living in Russia, ...

AFEW International, AFEW Kyrgyzstan and IOM Tajikistan launched a project for Tajik migrants

To enhance Tajik migrants’ access to HIV services, particularly key populations, IOM Tajikistan together with AFEW International and AFEW Kyrgyzstan ...