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About Bhavna Dave

Bhavna Dave is Senior Lecturer in Politics of Central Asia  at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London

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Making work easier for Kazakhstan’s migrant workers

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Astana has introduced a new patent system for its guest workers, the ‘gastarbaitery.’ But does the new system work for Kazakhstan’s guest workers?

Getting by as a gastarbeiter in Kazakhstan

The stream of migrants from Central Asia seeking work in Russia is considerable, but racism and the migration laws there make them vulnerable to intimidation and exploitation. Many prefer to stay within their cultural and religious framework by working in Kazakhstan. Life there isn’t easy either, says Bhavna Dave.

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