Going back home by any means – migrants go back to Central Asia
Repatriation of Central Asian citizens from Russia:
- Kyrgyzstan: 3000 Kyrgyz citizens were brought back home in March, but many of them were left without nothing in the region or Orenburg. Some of them were repatriated home since then.
- Tajikistan: the governement decided to repatriate citizens from Russia. On May 20th, the national company Tajik Air departed from Moscow and transported 213 Tajik citizens who had been stuck in detention centers since the closure of the borders. The flight also carried 28 coffins of Tajik citizens who died in Russia. Only one of them, Dilshod Nurmatov, died from COVID-19 in the Moscow region. Tajik citizens now living in India or Turkey also asked for repatriation.
- Uzbekistan: in April, 17 dead Uzbekistani citizens were repatriated by the road. Before that, dozens of migrants had decided to walk to the border with Kazakhstan, waiting for the border to open (especially in Orenburg region). Some of them have been living at the border for several weeks, waiting for the possibility to cross. Some of them were granted exceptional authorization to cross Kazakhstan and reach Uzbekistan, but there are still hundreds of them waiting at the border to go home.
Many Central Asian workers decided to leave Russia after they have been left unemployed during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nothing is said about sanitary measures taken at arrival.