Operation: Opération: Tajikistan



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Key Figures

2016 end-year results
92% of registered refugee children were enrolled in primary  and secondary education
7,455 stateless people obtained solutions through confirmation of their nationality, representing 90% of the annual target
119 people were assisted in voluntary repatriation movements
147 people of concern were provided with entrepreneurship/business training
112 people of concern were granted job placement
99 people were enrolled in apprenticeship programmes 
2017 planning figures
800 people of concern receive legal assistance
600 children will be enrolled in primary education
120 people of concern will be registered in job placement services
90% of stateless people for whom nationality will be granted or confirmed
88% of stateless people will have a birth certificate

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2016 20,162
2015 21,779
2014 3,590


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Year-end Overview

Working environment

The Republic of Tajikistan ratified the 1951 Convention in 1993 and has enacted its own National Law on Refugees. Despite the complex geopolitical context, the Government remains committed to providing protection to asylum seekers and refugees while addressing issues of statelessness. Progress has been made in strengthening the legal framework to facilitate implementation of national laws. Nevertheless, the situation along the Tajik-Afghan border is of great concern to the country and national security continues to influence the protection environment for persons of concern.

Population trends

  • At the end of 2016, there were more than 2,400 refugees and more than 100 asylum seekers, mostly from Afghanistan.
  • Close to 1,500 new asylum-seekers were registered by UNHCR’s partner throughout 2016, a significant increase compared with to 960 in 2015. Some 24,300 people with undetermined nationality/at risk of statelessness registered within the project, 4,954 were newly registered during 2016. UNHCR estimates that the actual number of stateless and persons with undetermined nationality in the country could be twice as high.

Achievements and impact

  • In 2016, UNHCR and partners carried out a country-wide refugee profiling exercise which verified social and economic integration of refugees but still lacking full legal cohesion of refugees against established benchmarks. Also the exercise revealed that of the 2,381 refugees profiled, there was parity amongst men and women (1,194 men and 1,187 women); children made up 43 per cent of the population of which 141 were born in Tajikistan, and youths formed 36 per cent of those profiled.
  • Tajikistan has yet to accede to the Statelessness Conventions however, progress was made during 2016 in terms of finalization of by-laws and the possible adoption of the long waited Amnesty Law.
  • Capacity of government and partner agencies to respond to refugee arrivals had been strengthened through Refugee Emergency Management workshops; Inter-Agency Refugee Contingency Plan,Mminimum Preparedness Action (MPA) and Advanced Preparedness Action (APA) were updated. 

Unmet needs

The Office conducted an initial gaps analysis of inter-agency partner capacity, determining where Government and partner programmes would not be able to fully accommodate refugees. As a result, UNHCR would be required to provide complementary funding to supplement existing programmes in the spheres of i) self-reliance and livelihoods; ii) healthcare; and iii) education. 

Plan Overview