Kazakhstan Regional Office


Operation: Opération: Kazakhstan Regional Office



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Key Figures

2017 planning figures
70% of the persons identified as stateless people will be granted nationality or confirmed as stateless
1,500 persons of concern will be provided with legal assistance to resolve their issues relating to nationality or documentation
18 advocacy interventions will be made to ensure the quality of government refugee status determination procedures
5 advocacy interventions will be made for to realize effective access to socio-economic rights
4 border monitoring visits will be conducted and recorded to ensure access to territory for persons of concern
2015 end-year results
85% of  persons of concern had access to primary health care services
100% of primary school-aged children were enrolled in primary education
100% of persons of concern with disabilities received assistance for their specific needs

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2015 95,524
2014 94,592
2013 11,419


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Kazakhstan Regional Office

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  • 2015
  • 2017

Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

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.