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Uzbekistan: Tashkent Residency Rules Eased, But Headaches Persist

Dilshod, a native of the Surkhandarya region, is now living in Tashkent without a residence permit. He says the police subject him to abuse and fines, but he has to remain in the capital to look for a job. (Photo: EurasiaNet)

For out-of-towners, moving to Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent has long meant playing a game of cat-and-mouse with the police.
 
In the year since she moved to Tashkent, Yulduz Hamrayeva, a native of the southern Kashkadarya region, was fined twice for failing to present a valid residence permit, known universally by the Russian word propiska. Earlier this month, in a change of government policy that should ease hassles for many outsiders in Tashkent, the government adopted a decree on simplifying the registration system.
 
“I am very pleased that we [short-term residents] are allowed to register temporarily. A week ago, I received a residence permit for a period of six months. This gives me the opportunity to find a job and send my two children to kindergarten,” Hamrayeva told EurasiaNet.org.
 
A government decree on the revised propiska rules for outsiders and foreigners living in Tashkent was published online on October 17.
 

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