Kazakhstan relocates citizens from labor-surplus to labor-deficient regions

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — At a press conference on July 29, First Vice Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Yerzhan Zhilkibayev spoke about the process of resettlement of citizens from labor-surplus regions of Kazakhstan to labor-deficient regions, the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

In Zhilkibayev’s words, the third direction of the State Program for the Development of Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship “Enbek” provides for the organization of social jobs, youth internship, and public works. As of today, 88 thousand people have been employed using these measures (including 17 thousand for social jobs, 15 thousand for youth internship, and 55 thousand for public works).

The program also provides for resettlement of citizens from labor-surplus regions (Mangistau, Kyzylorda, Zhambyl, Almaty, Turkistan, Nur-Sultan) to labor-deficient regions (Pavlodar, Kostanay, North Kazakhstan, and East Kazakhstan regions).

This year it is planned to relocate 2,253 families (9,614 people), of which 1,050 families or 3,707 people (39%) have already been resettled. From them, 1,190 people or 63% of the participants of working age (1,879 people) found jobs.

The capital, Nur-Sultan, has also been included in the list of labor-surplus regions.

Today, 103 large families or 612 people (of which 188 are able-bodied and 425 children) have been relocated to Ekibastuz from Nur-Sultan. Eighty percent of citizens found jobs. By the end of the year, over 200 families will be relocated from Nur-Sultan.

“Today in the Pavlodar region there are vacancies in industrial, municipal and social enterprises. Therefore, there are no problems with employment, and with housing,” the first vice minister stressed.

In addition, as part of the resettlement to the North Kazakhstan region, 3 billion tenge was allocated for the construction of 428 houses in 2019. The immigrants also receive state support measures.

Sergey Kwan