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Tajiks, Chinese Discuss Chinese Migrant Workers

Saturday 10 March 2012

DUSHANBE (Asia-Plus) – Tajik Migration Service chief Safiallo Devonayev and Chinese Ambassador to Tajikistan Fan Xianrong met March 9 to discuss Chinese migrant workers in Tajikistan, AsiaPlus.tj reported, quoting the Migration Service press office.

Fan was briefed on labour migration laws, the government‘s work on migrant labour issues and the state of co-operation with international organisations. Devonayev thanked Fan for showing interest in co-operating on migration issues.

The pair discussed convening a meeting of Tajik officials and Chinese entrepreneurs to increase mutual understanding. They also discussed possible Chinese-language courses for Migration Service personnel.

The increasing number of illegal Chinese migrants in Tajikistan, a country that produces hundreds of thousands of migrants each year itself, has prompted the Tajik government to consider measures to regulate Chinese labour migration.

The Tajik government says it discusses illegal migration problems with Chinese companies operating in Tajikistan and the Chinese government, including that country’s migration agency. Besides that, the government and the International Organisation for Migration plan to implement several new projects to help Chinese migrants adapt and gain access to healthcare and to regulate the flow of Chinese migrants to Tajikistan.

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