Migrants make enormous development contribution to their host and origin countries.  The number of those seeking better employment opportunities in the Russian Federation remains high in Tajikistan.

Russia expects to sign government-to-government agreements on migration with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in 2023, Alexander Sternik, Director of the Russian MFA Third Department of the CIS Member Nations, told RIA Novosti in an interview on February 9.

According to him, they are currently working on opening pre-migration training centers in three Central Asia’s nations.  

“In accordance with our legislation, the centers will provide a set services (fingerprinting, photography, registration) to those wishing to travel to Russia.  Besides, the center will make available consultations on organized recruitment [of workers] for Russian employers and issuance of necessary medical certificates will be provided,” Sternik said. 

“In a word, we are jointly engaged in streamlining the rapid migration flows, which is in the common interest.  We hope to reach the signing of relevant government-to-government agreements with Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and possibly with Tajikistan by the end of this year,” Russian diplomat added. 

Recall, Russian authorities stated in early November 2021 that Russia plans to launch three pre-departure training centers for labor migrants in three main labor resource donor countries, namely Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, from 2022 to 2025. 

It was supposed that nationals of these countries would be able to receive a full complex of migration services and “enter Russia with a full package of documents for living and working in the territory of the country.” 

Within the framework of Russian government’s strategic initiative “Russia is Attractive Country for Study and Work”, the Russian authorities were supposed to take measures to simplify entry into the Russian labor market that would allow increasing the number of legally working foreign nationals to 3.5 million by 2030.