CIS Conference

Regional Conference to Address the Problems of Refugees, Displaced Persons, other Forms of Involuntary Displacement and Returnees in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Relevant Neighboring Countries (CIS Conference)

Established 1996


The CIS Conference is a regional conference that addressed the problems of refugees, displaced Persons, other forms of involuntary displacement and returnees in the countries of the commonwealth of independent states and relevant neighbouring states and follow-up process.
The CIS Conference is no longer active and was ended in 2005.


  • Refugees;
  • IDPs and persons in refugee-like situations;
  • Epatriates;
  • Ecological migrants;
  • Migration management (combating illegal migration and trafficking, border management);
  • Migrants' rights,
  • Return and reintegration; and  
  • Population/demography.  

12 Members (in red)

Armenia Moldova
Azerbaijan Russian Federation
Belarus Tajikistan
Georgia Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan Ukraine
Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan

36 Interested States (in blue)

Australia Japan
Austria Latvia
Belgium Lithuania
Bulgaria Mongolia
Canada The Netherlands
China Norway
The Czech Republic Pakistan
Denmark Poland
Estonia Portugal
Finland Romania
France Slovakia
Germany Spain
Greece Sweden
Holy See Switzerland
Hungary Turkey
Iceland The United Kingdom
Ireland The United States of America

Partner and Observer Institutions

UNHCR, IOM and OSCE/ODHIR acted as joint secretariat for the Conference and provided technical support to the Follow-up Process
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