Replacing those who have gone: Evaluation of Kazakhstan’s “South-North” Resettlement Programme

“After Kazakhstan gained its long awaited independence in 1991, these ethnic minorities started leaving the country, supported by resettlement schemes managed by their respective historic homelands, like Germany, Poland and Russia. This massive exodus caused a population imbalance across the country, leaving Kazakhstan’s northern provinces virtually uninhabited. In order to attract more workers and migrants to the north of Kazakhstan, the government decided in 2017 to launch the “South-North” resettlement programme, meant to fix the population imbalance across the country, contribute to population growth in the region, and supply northern Kazakhstan with a labour force.”

By Alima Kassenova

Published on 23 August 2022

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