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Uzbek, Tajik Migrant Workers Stranded In Kazakhstan

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, 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.

They complained that they have to stay outdoors and that the weather is very hot during the daytime and cold at night.

A representative of Tajikistan’s embassy in Kazakhstan, who was standing near four large tents that had been set up at the site to accommodate Tajik nationals, refused to comment on the matter.



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