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IOM Kazakstan Talks – Migration, Environment and Climate Change Nexus in Kazakhstan

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IOM’s priorities on migration, environment and climate change nexus in Central Asia are deeply rooted in the IOM Strategic Vision and the IOM Regional Strategy 2020-2024 for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Further, in its Central Asia Regional Strategy for 2021-2025, IOM commits itself in the region to “advocate for strong efforts to address migration in the context of climate change and environmental degradation”. As part of this approach, IOM seeks to raise awareness of relevant stakeholders.

The December 2, 2021 event aimed to offer a platform for discussion, where stakeholders can share their insights, experiences and approaches on migration, environment and climate change nexus in Central Asia. This platform is intended to enhance engagement among governments, civil society, academia and international organizations and lay the foundation for further programmatic interventions on this topic in the region.


Main Implementing Organization(s)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Detailed Information

IOM Kazakstan

Partner/Donor Organizations

IOM Regional Office Vienna
UNMN Kazakhstan

Benefit and Impact

The event was attended by various stakeholders including government officials and NGOs involved in the development of the Concept of Migration Policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. As a result of the IOM Talks, the significance of the climate change and migration nexus was highlighted by the speakers and participants, which contributed to mainstreaming climate change to the Concept of Migration Policy of the RoK for 2022 - 2026. The document serves as a main guiding strategy for implementation of migration policy and includes a separate section on migration and climate change nexus.

Key Lessons

There is a lot of interest persistent on the nexus between migration, environment and climate change among relevant stakeholders from government, civil society, academia and other international organizations in Kazakhstan. The main lesson that we can take from the event is to focus on enhanced engagement among relevant partners and initiate similar IOM Talks on Migration, Environment and Climate Change regularly for Kazakhstan. Potentially this initiative could be expanded as well to other IOM Offices in other countries in Central Asia.

Recommendations(if the practice is to be replicated)

The practice of conducting the briefing can enhance knowledge and dialogue of stakeholders on the interlinkages of migration with cross-cutting issues such as climate change and environment, and further contribute to national development plans and objectives.


First IOM talk about MECC in Kazakhstan.

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Date submitted:

13 December 2021

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