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Uzbekistan: Labor Migrants Looking Beyond Russia

Russian police talk to Uzbek migrant laborers living illegally in an apartment basement in Moscow in September 2013. According to Russia’s official migration data for January, there are 1.9 million Uzbeks working in Russia – around 1 million fewer than during the same period in 2015. (Photo: Konstantin Salomatin)

When spring arrives, countless working-age men and women in Uzbekistan have traditionally embarked abroad in search of work.
 
This year, the annual migration is taking place against the backdrop of economic stagnation in the main regional labor market, Russia, and grumbles among officials in Moscow about a migrant-driven spike in crime rates. On top of that, Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s failure during a recent visit to Russia to secure a deal on simplifying migration rules for Uzbek citizens is galvanizing jobseekers to explore alternative destinations, although the options are meager.
 

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