Welcome from the Chief of Mission
Ensuring safe movement of migrants to and from Tajikistan is of critical importance to this rural, landlocked nation. Despite many hardships, each year nearly 10% of the population leaves Tajikistan to seek employment opportunities abroad. Remittances sent home account for more than a 1/3 of national GDP, thereby highlighting the significant role labour migration holds in maintaining the social, macroeconomic and financial stability of the country.
In the spirit of the IOM slogan, "Migration for the Benefit of All," the IOM Mission in Tajikistan has adopted programmes aimed at extracting the most potential of this migration flow. Programmes for labour migrants include capacity building opportunities to increase migrants skills prior to their departure abroad. IOM together with its partners has also established many services for migrants and their families so incomes earned abroad may be productively used, saved, and invested as a tool to enhance their own development potential. Migration may thereby be a means to work towards development inside Tajikistan.