On December 22, 2022, at the Hilton Garden Inn Astana, the Public Opinion Research Institute organized a scientific seminar “Analysis of the migration process from Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan) to South Korea: condition, structure, strategy”. This seminar was devoted to the results of the international sociological project implemented by the Public Opinion Research Institute with the grant support of the Korea Foundation.
Ph.D., founder, project director, scientific consultant of the Public Opinion Research Institute Botagoz Rakisheva was a moderator of the seminar.
During the seminar, a number of important issues related to the migration process from the countries of Central Asia to South Korea were discussed. The seminar participants were representatives of the academic sphere of Kazakhstan and South Korea, representatives of government agencies, think tanks, international organizations, independent researchers, experts in the field of sociology, political science, migration, and international relations. In particular, the following participants presented during the seminar: Sangcheol Kim, PhD, Research Professor, Institute of Central Asia, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Madi Alzhan, Head of the Labor Migration Department of the Committee on Migration of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan, German Kim, Doctor of History, Professor, Director of the Institute of Asian Studies of Al Farabi Kazakh National University, topic of the report “Ethnic migration from Central Asia to South Korea”, Laura Mustafina, Master of Economics, Expert at the Public Opinion Research Institute, topic of the report “Labor and illegal migration from Central Asia to South Korea”, Natalya Yem, PhD in History, Associate Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, topic of the report “Marriage migration from Central Asia to South Korea”, Shukhrat Isakulov (Uzbekistan), Ph.D., researcher in the field of migration, the topic of the report is “Labor migration to South Korea, the demand and needs of migrants after return”, Kalamkas Yessimova, Master of Anthropology and Ethnology, Methodologist-Analyst at the Public Opinion Research Institute, the topic of the report is “Educational migration from Central Asia to South Korea”.
The seminar was held in a combined format, more than 30 online and offline participants attended the seminar.
Shymkent, December 2, 2022 – On the eve of International Migrant Day, celebrated annually on December 18, as well as within the framework of periodic consultations of the UN Migration Network on achieving the objectives of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – the UN Migration Agency in close cooperation with the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, organized a round table dedicated to a brief overview and recommendations on migration flows and migration policy in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The meeting was attended by IOM beneficiaries as well key IOM governmental partners, such as the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Akimat of Shymkent, the Commission on Human Rights under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. During the round table, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population presented the Concept of Migration Policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2023-2027. The Public Opinion Research Institute also presented the results of a study to identify the needs and vulnerabilities of Afghan women and girls in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The study was conducted in November of this year with the support of the "Legal Center for Women's Initiatives "Sana Sezim", and access to beneficiaries was provided by IOM during a humanitarian campaign to issue Magnum network food and non-food vouchers to vulnerable groups of migrants from Afghanistan and their family members in Almaty and Shymkent. The IOM humanitarian campaign covered more than 800 people, citizens of Afghanistan and was designed to support those vulnerable migrants who could not be reached during the previous IOM humanitarian campaign, held in August 2022 and covered more than 1,200 people in Almaty, Shymkent, Astana, Karaganda and Semey. The humanitarian campaign was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The round table meeting and subsequent recommendations served as the final chord in coordinating the efforts of IOM and its partners – the state authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan in a joint approach to implementing the principles of the GCM in 2022. Over the past two years, the capacity-building of the UN Migration Network, as well as the technical support provided to Kazakhstan by the IOM on GCM issues, has also become possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which testifies to the whole-of-government approach and commitment of the Republic of Kazakhstan in implementing the principles and objectives of the Global Compact on Migration.
On November 10-13, 2022, in Dubai (UAE) the 75th Annual Conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) was held. WAPOR is an international professional association of researchers in the field of survey research.
The conference brought together more than 250 researchers from 57 countries. Over 3 days of the conference, more than 150 presentations were made at 45 conference sessions.
Director of the Institute Gulden Ashkenova and Head of International Projects Assel Aizhanova made a presentation on the topic “Turkbarometer: cross-country sociological research (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan): history of formation, methodology and results” within the framework of the joint WAPOR/WAPOR Asia Session 13.4.2 Public Opinion Research in Central Asia.
More information about the conference: https://www.wapor2022.org/
On November 8, 2022 Ph.D., Project Director Botagoz Rakisheva and Deputy Director Ainur Mazhitova took part in the presentation of a sociological research concerning the attitude of various groups of the population of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the activities of the European Union (EU). This research was conducted by the Institute on the order of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan in June-August 2022. The project was presented by Botagoz Rakisheva in the office of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan in Astana for the staff of the EU Delegation, including the head of the policy, press and information department Maciej Adam Madalinski.
On October 26-28, 2022, an international scientific conference “Prospects for the development of diaspora studies in the era of globalization, transnationalism and digitalization”, dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Koreans of Kazakhstan and the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Korea was held.
Conference was organized by Al-Farabi KazNU Institute of Asian Studies, Institute of Overseas Korean Culture of Kongju National University (Republic of Korea),"Public Opinion Research Institute and Public Foundation "Kazakhstan-Korea".
Within the framework of the conference, the Public Opinion Research Institute organized a special section dedicated to the Kazakh diaspora: “Section 1: Historical and modern processes of diasporization: Kazakhs abroad”. Ainur Mazhitova, Deputy Director of the Public Opinion Research Institute, acted as a section moderator. Also, the section was attended by: Nurkhan Zhaliev, Head of the Information and Analytical Department of “Otandastar” Foundation NPJSC, Omarali Adilbekuly, representative of the World Association of Kazakhs, Kalamkas Yessimova, analyst-methodologist of the Public Opinion Research Institute, Boris Kushkhov, laboratory researcher of the Department of Korea and Mongolia Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Shynarbyek Syeitkhan, Researcher at the Institute of History, Ethnography, Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS) Doctoral student at Uludag University in Turkey.
Additional information: https://www.kaznu.kz/ru/3/news/one/29344/
Video of the Conference and Plenary session opening:
On September 25, 2022, Acting President of the International Turkic Academy Fuzuli Majidli met with a representative of the Center for Slavic-Eurasian Studies of the University of Hokkaido (Japan), Alash scholar Tomohiko Uyama. The Deputy Director of the Public Opinion Research Institute Ainur Mazhitova and Senior expert of the Turkic Academy Timur Kozyrev participated in the meeting.
On August 25, 2022, Candidate of Sociological Sciences, Scientific consultant, Project director of the Institute Botagoz Rakisheva took part in the International Round Table: “Interfaith dialogue for the sake of peace and harmony: on the eve of the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions”, organized by Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Georgia. The round table was organized online.
At the round table Botagoz Rakisheva made a presentation on the topic “Religion as a value in the reflection of international comparative studies: World Values Survey, European Values Study.
Additional information: https://religions-congress.org/ru/news/novosti/1609
On July 1, 2022, Candidate of Sociological Sciences, Scientific consultant, Project director of the Institute Botagoz Rakisheva, Deputy director Ainur Mazhitova and Project manager Assel Aizhanova took part in Workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study of the Kazakh diaspora in the Russian Federation (in-depth study in the Russian Federation and onomastic analysis), organized by the International Organization for Migration.
In the course of the workshop, together with invited specialists from government agencies, recommendations were made for the further implementation of the study and for Kazakhstan interaction with the Kazakhs living in the Russian Federation.
June 22-24, 2022, Director of the Institute Gulden Ashkenova and Deputy Director Ainur Mazhitova were lecturers at a training seminar on sociological research in the field of religion for specialists of local executive bodies in the city of Uralsk. The seminar was organized with the support of the N.Nazarbayev Center for Development of Interfaith and Intercivilization Dialogue.
The main purpose of the seminar - to improve the quality of the organization and conduction of sociological research in the field of religion in the regions. The seminar was attended by specialists of the departments of religious affairs and subordinate organizations for the religious issues research from Aktobe, Atyrau, West Kazakhstan, Mangystau regions.
June 15-17, 2022, Director of the Institute Gulden Ashkenova and Deputy Director Ainur Mazhitova were lecturers at a training seminar on sociological research in the field of religion for specialists of local executive bodies in the city of Turkestan. The seminar was organized with the support of the N.Nazarbayev Center for Development of Interfaith and Intercivilization Dialogue.
The main purpose of the seminar - to improve the quality of the organization and conduction of sociological research in the field of religion in the regions. The seminar was attended by specialists of the departments of religious affairs and subordinate organizations for the religious issues research from cities of Almaty and Shymkent, as well as Almaty, Zhambyl, Kyzylorda and Turkestan regions.