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4 June 2013
Today at Akorda President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev Meets UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres

The main fields of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the UNHCR Office, as well as the issues on protection of refugees’ rights in Kazakhstan were discussed at the meeting.

The main fields of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the UNHCR Office, as well as the issues on protection of refugees’ rights in Kazakhstan were discussed at the meeting.

During the discussion, President Nursultan Nazarbayev underlined that Kazakhstan provides comprehensive support for the activity of OHCR.

“Regulation of migration issues is important for Kazakhstan. Over the past years, more than 15,000 refugees have found asylum in Kazakhstan. We are grateful to the Office of High Commissioner for Refugees for its high appreciation of the Government’ efforts in this filed. The activities in this area remain vital due to growing worldwide migration and increasing number of refugees,” the President highlighted.

A.Guterres expressed his gratitude for fruitful cooperation between the Government of Kazakhstan and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

“We know that you have made a personal contribution to the promotion of Kazakhstan’s many international initiatives, both political and economic. You have succeeded in guaranteeing an interreligious harmony, environmental protection, fighting the financial crisis. Moreover, Kazakhstan hosted a number of international fora and conferences. In this context, Kazakhstan’s initiative to launch a UN centre in Almaty is important as well,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees stressed.

The parties also discussed the ways of implementation of proposals on effective regulation of migration processes, including within the framework of the “Almaty process” initiated by Kazakhstan. These measures will help make our country a model of migration policy in Central Asian region.


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