Type: Regional consultative process on migration (region: Eurasia)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization : None

Established: 2013


The Almaty Process promotes sustained dialogue and exchange of information on migration issues and on refugee protection challenges in in Central Asia and the wider region. 


Current Thematic Focus
  • Asylum
  • Combatting human trafficking
  • Human mobility
  • Human rights of migrants
  • Irregular migration
  • Migrant integration
  • Migrant vulnerabilities
  • Migration management
  • Migration policy and governance
  • Migration trends / drivers of migration 
  • Refugees and protection 

Chairing Country

Current Chair: Turkey (2021-2022)
Incoming Chair: Azerbaijan
Past Chair:  Kazakhstan (2013-2016), Kyrgyzstan (October 2016-September 2018), Tajikistan (2018-2020) 

Secretariat / Support Unit

The Government of the Chairing Country acts also as Secretariat. Upon Almaty Process 'Member States' invitation, IOM and UNHCR perform the Support Unit functions providing technical and administrative assistance to the Chair and the Secretariat. 


Member States (7 States)

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijian
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan

Note:  Founding Members: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.


Observer States (2 States)

  • Iran                 
  • Pakistan

States can be invited to observe meetings on an ad hoc basis (eg China, France, Palestine, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America and Uzbekistan have been invited to different Almaty Process events). 

Observer organizations

International or regional organizations can be invited on an ad hoc basis to observe Almaty Process events depending on the theme. 


More documents can be foun d https://kazakhstan.iom.int/publications

Contact information

IOM Sub Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia, Kazakhstan 
Address: 6A Zverev Street, Almaty - 14 Mambetov street, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 7 172 790345/46/47/48
Fax: +7 7172 790349
E- mail: suiomkz@iom.kz
Website: https://kazakhstan.iom.int/

Office of 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: kazal@unhcr.org
Website: http: / /www.unhcr.kz