Uzbekistan: Authorities Using Soviet-Style Controls to Reverse Urbanization Trend
Three years ago, Said Davlatov left his farm in Uzbekistan’s remote Karshi Province, moved to Tashkent, and became a construction worker. The move paid off: he recently bought a small apartment and a used car. But these days, Davlatov and thousands of other Uzbek labor migrants who have flocked to cities are finding themselves suddenly unwelcome.
Urban redevelopment projects that spurred migration from outlying provinces to cities are now nearing completion. With cheap labor no longer needed, wary authorities are pressuring Uzbekistan’s internal migrants to return to their small towns and villages. The last thing officials want to contend with is large pools of young, unemployed men sitting around with nothing to do in Tashkent and elsewhere.
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