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Uzbek migrant workers unable to re-enter country due to pandemic, stranded in Kazakhstan

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28 July 2020

Some 2,000 Uzbek Migrants Stranded In Kazakhstan Allowed To Cross Border, Head Home

Author: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Czechia)

9 July 2020

Some 2,000 Uzbek migrant workers stranded in Kazakhstan for weeks have been allowed to enter Uzbekistan.

The governor of Kazakhstan’s southern Saryaghash district, Mukhit Otarshiev, told RFE/RL on July 9 that the migrants left the Zhibek Zholy (Silk Road) checkpoint at the Kazakh-Uzbek border overnight.

Otarshiev added that, by the evening of July 8, the number of Uzbek migrant workers gathered at the checkpoint had reached 3,400, of whom some 2,000 were now on their way home.

"Today, 500 more Uzbek nationals will leave the site and travel back to Uzbekistan. Uzbek Embassy officials promised us that by the end of the day today, the remaining Uzbek citizens will be allowed to enter Uzbekistan," Otarshiev said.

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28 July 2020

Uzbek, Tajik Migrant Workers Stranded In Kazakhstan

Author: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Czechia)

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.

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