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Labour Migration from Central Asia to Russia

"Millions of people from Central Asia migrate to Russia every year in search of work. The lives of millions of families depend on their remittance. Interdependence between Russia and Central Asia is increasing year by year. Personally, I don't know of any family who hasn't had someone go work in Russia... The inspiration for this ongoing project arose when my own father and brother were working abroad in Russia" Families left behind is a reality in Central Asia, a region that has more than 10 million migrants on the move looking for better employment and living opportunities beyond the borders of their countries. As migration of both men and women, from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, will continue to increase, the number of dependents left behind (children, wives, elderly parents etc.) will rise as well. Migrant workers’ families are waiting and barely surviving while their loved ones are trying to make ends meet in Russia and/or Kazakhstan. Many Central Asian children are growing up without seeing their fathers or mothers, or being left behind when both parents are taking the migration route. Currently more and more women are becoming breadwinners as well, changing the sociocultural norms in Central Asia where men were leading the migration numbers. There are also a lot of women, abandoned or divorced, with the task of raising the children on their own and assume the care of elderly parents.

Photos by Elyor Nematov/IOM

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The morgue at the hospital number 9. GRUZ -200 (dead body cargo). 19-year-old citizen of Uzbekistan Abdusamad Fazliddinov hanged himself in insolation at preliminary detention number 4 after illegal interrogations conducted with him without a lawyer. Moscow. Russia
"Millions of people from Central Asia migrate to Russia every year in search of work. The lives of millions of families depend on their remittance. Interdependence between Russia and Central Asia is increasing year by year. Personally, I don't know of any family who hasn't had someone go work in Russia... The inspiration for this ongoing project arose when my own father and brother were working abroad in Russia"
"Millions of people from Central Asia migrate to Russia every year in search of work. The lives of millions of families depend on their remittance. Interdependence between Russia and Central Asia is increasing year by year. Personally, I don't know of any family who hasn't had someone go work in Russia... The inspiration for this ongoing project arose when my own father and brother were working abroad in Russia"
Labor migrants from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan living in an old garage for cars.  "Millions of people from Central Asia migrate to Russia every year in search of work. The lives of millions of families depend on their remittance. Interdependence between Russia and Central Asia is increasing year by year. Personally, I don't know of any family who hasn't had someone go work in Russia... The inspiration for this ongoing project arose when my own father and brother were working abroad in Russia"
Migrant worker in a special police car after being detained during raids.  "Millions of people from Central Asia migrate to Russia every year in search of work. The lives of millions of families depend on their remittance. Interdependence between Russia and Central Asia is increasing year by year. Personally, I don't know of any family who hasn't had someone go work in Russia... The inspiration for this ongoing project arose when my own father and brother were working abroad in Russia"
I am 63 years old and I take care of my two grandchildren, one is six months old and the second is two years old. They often talk to their mother on the phone. I say [to the children] that their mother will arrive in the summer. When summer comes, I say she will come in the winter, and she’ll bring a lot of money.
The family of a migrant worker who was imprisoned in Russia for three to five years for the unintentional death of a colleague on a construction site. The mother, Mastura, earns a living by helping her neighbors with household chores and washing dishes at weddings. The youngest daughter was only one week old when her father left for work.