Kazakhstan Multi-Country Office

The UNHCR Representation to Central Asia supports States to protect refugees, asylum-seekers, and stateless people in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
 

US $10.0 million

are urgently needed from January to December 2024
A woman and her daughter.
Throughout her entire life, from the era of the former Soviet Union to the present day in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Natalya has resided in Almaty. © UNHCR/Izturgan Aldauyev
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Across Central Asia, UNHCR focuses on strengthening local ownership and quality of asylum systems, promoting local integration of refugees, eradicating statelessness, and collaborating with partners on emergency preparedness and response.

Since their independence in 1991, Central Asian countries have generously sheltered thousands of people fleeing war, persecution, or human rights violations. Most refugees in Central Asia have been living there for years, or even decades. They often speak local languages, and many have family ties with citizens. UNHCR works with governments to fulfil international obligations, as well as pledges made to the Global Compact on Refugees, enabling refugees to contribute to the sustainable development of the communities generously hosting them.

Central Asia is also home to a considerable stateless population – largely a result of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Without legal identity, stateless people often have difficulty accessing basic rights and services such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. UNHCR promotes the alignment of national citizenship and statelessness laws with international standards, and advocates for Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to join Turkmenistan in acceding to the UN Statelessness Conventions. Since the launch of the #IBelong Campaign in 2014, Central Asia has resolved the cases of nearly 200,000 stateless people.

The UNHCR Representation to Central Asia is in Almaty, Kazakhstan. UNHCR has National Offices in Astana, Kazakhstan; Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic; and Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The UNHCR Regional Humanitarian Logistics Hub is in Termez, Uzbekistan.

 

Explore the UNHCR Central Asia page to access additional information and UNHCR's news and stories related to in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
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Populations

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Population types

Note: The "Stateless" category does not include stateless people who are also in other categories, to avoid double counting. The total number of stateless, across all categories, is  .

NB: 2023 figures are planning figures.

Source: UNHCR Refugee Data Finder for years until 2022, UNHCR planning figures (COMPASS) otherwise.

Population by country

NB: 2023 figures are planning figures.

Source: UNHCR Refugee Data Finder for years until 2022, UNHCR planning figures (COMPASS) otherwise.

Population by origin

NB: 2023 figures are planning figures.

Source: UNHCR Refugee Data Finder for years until 2022, UNHCR planning figures (COMPASS) otherwise.

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Financials

Budget and expenditure trend

Source: 2024 budget and 2023 current budget are taken from the budget document approved by UNHCR's Executive Committee in October 2023.

Budget by pillar

Budget by objective

Note: The table presents the  budget for this operation broken down at the objective level. Resource allocation at the objective level is subject to change during the course of the year as the operational situation evolves and priorities shift. The current budget, reflected in the bottom line of this table, is updated on a monthly basis and is replaced by the final budget at year-end.

Expenditure by Outcome Area

Budget by Impact Area

Protect: Attaining favourable protection environments
Respond: Realizing rights in safe environments
Empower: Empowering communities and achieving gender equality
Solve: Securing solutions

Source: 2023 budget as approved by the Executive Committee in October 2022.
2022 current budget as approved by the High Commissioner as of October 2022; pending presentation to the ExCom's Standing Committee.

Budget by Outcome and Enabling Areas

Source: 2023 budget as approved by the Executive Committee in October 2022.
2022 current budget as approved by the High Commissioner as of October 2022; pending presentation to the ExCom's Standing Committee.

Budget by Impact Area

Protect: Attaining favourable protection environments
Respond: Realizing rights in safe environments
Empower: Empowering communities and achieving gender equality
Solve: Securing solutions

Source: 2024 budget and 2023 current budget are taken from the budget document approved by UNHCR's Executive Committee in October 2023.

Budget by Outcome and Enabling Areas

Budget by Impact Area

Protect: Attaining favourable protection environments
Respond: Realizing rights in safe environments
Empower: Empowering communities and achieving gender equality
Solve: Securing solutions

Budget by Outcome and Enabling Areas

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Latest updates

March - May 2024
published
4 days ago
Central Asia Funding Update - 2024
06-Jun-24
published
2 weeks ago
May 2024
published
3 weeks ago
December 2023 - February 2024
published
3 months ago
Kazakhstan MCO Funding Update - 2023
04-Mar-24
published
3 months ago
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