Kyrgyz Traders in Kazakstan Complain of Tighter Regulation

The large numbers of Kyrgyz who work as market traders in neighbouring Kazakstan say life has become more difficult now that they have to obtain an official work permit.

Kyrgyz Traders in Kazakstan Complain of Tighter Regulation

The large numbers of Kyrgyz who work as market traders in neighbouring Kazakstan say life has become more difficult now that they have to obtain an official work permit.

Tuesday, 24 February, 2009
The traders, who dominate some of Kazakstan’s markets, say the ID card they get as labour migrants used to give them the right to work, but now they are required to get a permit as well, otherwise they are regarded as mere visitors to the country.



Kyrgyz traders interviewed by reporter Nurlan Abdaliev said that whenever the Kazak police came round to check their papers, they either paid them off or ran away and hid.

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