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

Increase in
2016 95,795
2015 95,524
2014 94,592


[["Refugees",680],["Asylum-seekers",137],["Returned refugees",3],["Stateless",94975]]
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Kazakhstan Regional Office

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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

In 2017, Kazakhstan adopted amendments to the Constitution aimed at transferring part of the president’s functions to the government and the parliament. The new Constitution also newly established the norm on deprivation of citizenship for the commission of terrorist crimes and for causing other grave harm to vital interests of Kazakhstan, potentially increasing statelessness. As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2017-2018, Kazakhstan aims to draw attention to conflict prevention and other issues facing the region, providing effective support to Afghanistan to build stability and hosting Astana Syria Talks, among other. For the first time in the region, Kazakhstan hosted EXPO 2017: “Future Energy - Solutions for Tackling Humankind’s Greatest Challenge”. The border region is expected to remain stable, no drastic changes in the political and socio-economic situation are expected.
The majority of refugees originate from Afghanistan, followed by Uzbekistan and Syria. The largest number of new asylum-seekers arrive from Afghanistan. Most of the people of concern to UNHCR live in urban areas and are concentrated mainly in three regions of the country: Almaty region Almaty and Shymkent city. Based on past years’ trends, some 240 people are expected to arrive in 2018. The number of refugees will remain around 650, taking into account nearly equal numbers of increases in newly recognized refugees and decreases due to naturalization and departure. The number of stateless persons is expected to decrease from 6,706 in 2018 to 5,000 in 2019. UNHCR and partners will work towards the resolution of all cases of persons with undetermined nationality, including 500 new persons with undetermined nationality to be identified by UNHCR’s partners, and increasing government’s role in undertaking identification and resolution activities.

Key priorities

UNHCR will focus on reducing refugees’ dependency and enhancing their self-reliance with the Government for a more durable legal status and their inclusion in the national assistance programmes. In 2017, UNHCR has shifted its assistance from sectorial in-kind assistance to cash-based interventions. Cash-based interventions allow effective protection and assistance, with a reduced number of partners and administrative costs. New partnership opportunities will be explored with private sector, financial institutions, academics, and NGOs to pursue solutions to refugees and statelessness. Kazakhstan’s stability will continue to provide an opportunity to promote the improved conditions for refugees and advocate for prevention and reduction of statelessness.