18 Syrian refugees live in Kazakhstan

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Overall, 683 refugees live in Kazakhstan, most of whom are citizens of Afghanistan; 18 of them are from Syria, the Migration Police Department of the Kazakhstani Interior Ministry informs.

According to the department, 683 refugees, or 142 families, live in the territory of Kazakhstan: “636 people are from Afghanistan, 16 refugees are from Uzbekistan, 18 are from Syria, 5 refugees are citizens of China, 1 person came from Ethiopia, 1 – from Somalia, 5 – from other countries,” a department representative told Novosti-Kazakhstan.

As the agency says, refugees are not harassed in Kazakhstan; they have a legal residence in the country. Furthermore, they are provided legal and social assistance and protection. If asylum-seekers and refugees have problems of any nature, they are rendered assistance by the international organizations, accredited in Kazakhstan – the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Red Cross.

Syria has been experiencing an armed conflict since March, 2011. According to the UN, more than 220,000 people have been killed since that time.

According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 430,000 refugees (mostly from Syria and Afghanistan) have arrived in Europe this year through the Mediterranean Sea. According to the European Commission, the current migration crisis is the biggest one in the world since World War II.

Text by IA Novosti-Kazakhstan

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