Almaty Process on Refugee Protection and International Migration

Established 2013


The Almaty Process aims to address the multiple challenges resulting from complex migration dynamics and mixed migratory movements in Central Asia and the wider region, in a cooperative and coordinated manner.

Current Focus

The Almaty Process promotes sustained dialogue and exchange of information on migration issues and on refugee protection challenges such as, but not limited to:

  • Irregular migration
  • Human Trafficking
  • Migrant Vulnerabilities
  • Migrant Integration
  • Human Mobility
  • Human Rights of Migrants

Participating States (7)
Current Chair: Kyrgyzstan (October 2016 – October 2018)

Kyrgyz Republic

Observer States: Iran, Pakistan

Guest states invited to Meetings on an ad hoc basis:

China   Russian Federation
France   Switzerland
Iran   Ukraine
Japan   United Kingdom
Palestine   United States of America

Partner organizations (invited to Meetings on an ad hoc basis):

  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  • International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) [in its capacity of the Secretariat of the Prague Process and the Budapest Process]

  • Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA)

  • Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC)

  • Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)

  • Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

  • Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA)

  • Eurasian Development Bank

  • European Union (EU)

  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

  • International Labour Organization (ILO)

  • International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC)

  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

  • Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

  • UN Women

  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

  • United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

  • United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA)

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • World Bank Group

Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) (invited to Meetings on an ad hoc basis):

  • Union of Crisis Centers (Kazakstan)
  • Bureau for Human Rights (Kazakstan) 
  • Assessment Risks Group (Kazakstan)
  • Law and Environment Eurasia Partnership (Kazakstan)
  • DIA (Kyrgz Republic)
  • Consortium of Initiatives (Tajikistan) 
  • Femida (Tajikistan)  
  • Keik Okara (Turkmenistan)
  • Ynam (Turkmenistan)
  • Women for Sustainable Development (Uzbekistan) 
  • Ferghana Valley Lawyers without Borders (Kyrgyz Republic) 
  • Red Crescent Society of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
  • Legal Clinic “Adilet” (Kyrgyz Republic) 
  • Rights and Prosperity (Tajikistan) 
  • Legal Centre for Women’s Initiatives “Sana Sezim” (Kazakhstan) 
  • Assembly of People of Kazakhstan


IOM and UNHCR perform the Support Unit functions through their current structures in Kazakhstan, pending further decision on its composition.

Recent Meetings

  • 4 - 5 September 2017, “Regional Thematic Workshop on Migrants’ Right to Health and Access to Services”, Almaty, Kazakhstan
    [Press Release En | Ru; Agenda En | Ru]

Previous Meetings

IOM regional activities in support to the Almaty Process

Contact Information

IOM Sub Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia, Kazakhstan 
Address: 6A Zverev Street, Almaty - 14 Azerbaizhan Mambetov street, Astana, Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 7 172 790345/46/47/48
Fax: +7 7172 790349
Website :,

The UNHCR Regional Representative / Regional Coordinator for Central Asia
Address: 67 Tole bi, 05000 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 727 258 4598
Fax: +7 727 258 3982
E-mail :