Volunteer migrants given land in southern Tajikistan

The administration of the Nosir Khusrav District of Tajikistan's Khatlon Province allocated almost 400 hectares for the construction of housing for 1200 internal migrants taking up permanent residence in the district.

Tamiris Tokhiri

2009-10-22

TAJIKISTAN — The administration of the Nosir Khusrav District of Tajikistan's Khatlon Province has allocated 390 hectares for the construction of housing to accommodate 1200 domestic migrants taking up permanent residence in the district.

According to the district’s administration chairman, Khakimjon Karimov, the migrants are from Tajikabad, Jilikul, Muminabad, Vose and Kulyab. He said each family would receive a hectare of land for farming, about US$340 to build a house and a five-year exemption from land-use taxes.

Migrants created four new villages in the district this year, Arabkhona, Muminabad, Orzu and Churakilik, increasing its population to 29,000.

The national voluntary migration programme in Tajikistan was launched in 2001. Its objective is to resolve unemployment issues and promote economic development by resettling labour to areas in which it is needed. Volunteers migrate not only from the country's southern districts, but also from the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province, where there is no developed industry and a shortage of arable land. People also come from remote areas of the Sughd Province in the north of the country.

Rustam Yuldashev, a migrant from the Vose District who has lived in the Nosir Khusrav District for more than six months, said that the district administration was trying to create the necessary infrastructure for everyday living. "At first, it was difficult to get used to things, mainly because of the weather conditions. But we have been allocated land, which gives us an opportunity to earn a living, so my family and I are planning to settle down here and run a farm," he said.

The migration programme will also cover the evacuation and relocation of 1200 families from zones frequently afflicted by natural disasters.

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