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Uzbek, Tajik Migrant Workers Stranded In Kazakhstan

3 July 2020

Almost 2,000 Tajik and Uzbek citizens are stranded in Kazakhstan’s southern region of Turkistan because they are unable to travel back home due to restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The majority of those stranded at the Zhibek Zholy (Silk Road) checkpoint are male labor migrants who lost their jobs in Kazakhstan after many businesses shut down following lockdown measures.

Some of them told RFE/RL that they have been waiting for Uzbekistan to open the border crossing for more than a week.