Ashgabat to host international migration conference

Photo: Ashgabat to host international migration conference  / Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 14
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

There are plans to hold an international conference in Ashgabat on the issues of migration and stateless persons with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the first six months of 2014, a message from the government of Turkmenistan said.

This issue was discussed during a meeting with IOM Regional Coordinator for Central Asia, Dejan Keserovich who was on a visit to Ashgabat.

The issues of bilateral cooperation were also considered, according to the Turkmen government's message.

"The parties agreed to consider a work plan for 2014 developed by IOM's mission in Turkmenistan in the near future," the message from the country's government said.

The IOM mission has worked in Central Asia since 1998 and in Turkmenistan since 2005. A number of projects were implemented in this region during this period of time.

It was earlier reported that jointly with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Turkmenistan worked out an action plan on reducing the number of stateless persons in the country.

Turkmenistan carries out work in this sphere to strengthen the national legal framework and to join the conventions of the UN General Assembly on the status of stateless persons and their reduction.

Over 3000 people living in the country and having no citizenship were granted nationality in accordance with Turkmen President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's decree in 2011.

Translated by L.Z.

Edited by S.M.

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