Separate lanes for unimpeded transit of people from Kazakhstan allocated at Russian border

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov held a meeting on Saturday, Oct. 1, on the topical issues of the migration.

Minister of Internal Affairs Marat Akhmetzhanov reported that from Sept. 21 to 28 a large inflow of migrants from the Russian Federation was recorded in the country which was 2-3 times higher than usual. At the same time, for the last two days there is a steady tendency of decrease in the number of people entering the country (on the 29th of September 22.5 thousand people entered and 10.1 thousand people left; on the 30th of September 14.9 thousand people/11.6 thousand people). During the reported period 382 Russian citizens applied for permanent residence and 64 for obtaining the citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

According to the Minister, the crime situation in the country today is stable. No crimes against citizens of Kazakhstan by migrants have been recorded. At the same time, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has increased control over public safety and the legality of stay of foreign citizens; in particular, the density of police units in crowded places has been increased.

Yerlan Aldazhumanov, Deputy Chairman of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan and Director of the Border Guard Service, said that the border checkpoints with the appropriate infrastructure have separate lanes for citizens of Kazakhstan, trucks and foreigners.

"There are no problems with border crossing for the citizens of Kazakhstan at the moment," he assured.

At the same time, the Prime Minister noted that at some checkpoints queues are still observed.

"It is necessary to strengthen interaction with the border service of Russia, to develop a common algorithm, so that there would be no large crowds in either direction. Since it causes a negative reaction from the business community and population," Alikhan Smailov emphasized.

The following reports were made by Minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development Kairbek Uskenbayev; Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin on work of Population Service Centers; Minister of Justice Kanat Mussin on explaining rights and guarantees of citizens in renting accommodation.

The situation in the regions was reported by the akim of West Kazakhstan region Gali Iskaliyev, deputy akims of North Kazakhstan region Satzhan Ablaliyev, of Kostanay region Yerlan Spanov and of Aktobe region Yermek Kenzhekhanuly.

Having heard the speakers, the Prime Minister said that it is necessary to take measures to expand the busiest border crossing points to accelerate the passage of trucks and cars.

Alikhan Smailov also instructed to intensify work to clarify the rights of citizens when renting housing.

"It concerns not only the influx of migrants, but in general it is necessary that our citizens know their rights. It is necessary to make so that through Egov or popular applications you can digitally sign a standard rental agreement, which will reflect the rights and obligations of the parties. This will protect the rights of our citizens on both sides," Alikhan Smailov said.

Summarizing the meeting, the Prime Minister stressed that state agencies and akimats need to take comprehensive and effective measures to resolve the migration situation.

"First of all, it is necessary to ensure a permanent green corridor for Kazakhstan citizens, as well as the work of mobile monitoring groups to identify unregistered migrants," Alikhan Smailov noted.

The Prime Minister also instructed to strengthen awareness-raising work on measures taken to resolve migration issues both among citizens of Kazakhstan and among migrants.

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