Kazakhstan Regional Office


Operation: Opération: Kazakhstan Regional Office



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Key Figures

2018 planning figures
100% of people of concern will have access to legal assistance
85% of people with undetermined nationality will be confirmed as nationals of Kazakhstan or nationals of third countries, others will be documented as stateless persons
1,500 persons of concern will be provided with legal assistance to resolve their issues relating to nationality or documentation
85% of targeted refugee households with basic needs will be provided with multi-purpose cash grants 
18 advocacy interventions will be made to ensure the quality of government refugee status determination procedures
4 border monitoring visits will be conducted and recorded to ensure access to territory for persons of concern
4 events aimed at prevention and reduction of statelessness will be conducted 
2016 end-year results
100% of people of concern registered with the Government had access to primary health care
430 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers were provided with multipurpose cash grants
174 people of concern attended language classes
129 school-aged refugee and asylum-seeker children were enrolled in primary and secondary schools

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2017 94,532
2016 95,795
2015 95,524


[["Refugees",629],["Asylum-seekers",209],["Returned refugees",1],["Stateless",93693]]
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Kazakhstan Regional Office

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The 2017 Year-End Report will be available shortly. 

Working environment

Kazakhstan, like other Central Asian countries, has been affected by economic instability as a result of the 2014 sanctions on Russia and decreasing oil prices. The falling exchange rate of the Russian Ruble obliged Kazakhstan to devalue its currency by 19 per cent.

No major changes are expected in the political and security situations. However the current economic climate may result in increasing needs for the population of concern to UNHCR.  

Significant improvements in the Government’s management of RSD have led to the phase out of this responsibility by UNHCR. By 2017, UNHCR expects to have completed the necessary preparative work for the revision of the Refugee Law by the Government. A working group amending the national legislation related to citizenship has been established.  

Since 2015, refugees and asylum-seekers in Kazakhstan have free access to the same primary healthcare as nationals. 

Key priorities

In 2017 UNHCR’s operation in Kazakhstan will focus on advocacy towards:
•    The establishment by the State of a referral mechanism for asylum-seekers arriving at the border;
•    Capacity building of national authorities and judges dealing with asylum-seekers/refugees and stateless persons ; and
•    Amendment to the national legislation so that recognized refugees can acquire permanent residence or legal status with associated rights, including work permits. 

Additional funding would be required to cover the costs of essential medicines, health care training, medical treatment and life-saving surgery. Additional funding is needed for cash grants for vulnerable refugees, especially given the recent currency devaluation in Kazakhstan.