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Migration from Central Asia to the European Union, directions, challenges, and perspectives 
Anna Cieslewska (Collegium Civitas)
Sherzod Eraliev (Lund University)
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Timur Dadabaev (University of Tsukuba)
Rustamjon Urinboyev (Lund University)
Anthropology & Archaeology
207 (Floor 2)
Saturday 8 June, -
Time zone: Asia/Almaty


The growing migration from Central Asia to Europe has witnessed a significant shift in scale, patterns, and motivations in recent years. Before the conflict in Ukraine, there was a small but consistent flow of migrants from Central Asian countries to the European Union characterized by a multifaceted array of motivations, including economic and political imperatives.

The recent increase in migration from the region to the EU can be attributed to a confluence of factors, including Russia's aggression on Ukraine in 2022 and tightening Turkey’s policies on migration. The ensuing geopolitical tensions and subsequent economic sanctions imposed upon Russia have significantly influenced the migratory landscape. Additionally, the fear of conscription into the Russian army or deportation to the countries of origin has impacted migration dynamics. It renders traditional destinations less appealing for Central Asian workers. Consequently, an increasing number of migrants from the region are now exploring opportunities for migration in the EU and the UK.

This panel aims to shed light on the multifaceted nature of this evolving migration trend by bringing together researchers focused on the Baltic States, Nordic countries, and Central and Western European countries. The migration dynamics include not only economic migrants seeking better employment prospects but also asylum seekers fleeing political persecution in their home countries or a combination of both motivations. The panelists will present initial research papers contributing to the nascent knowledge surrounding this growing Central Asian migration to Europe. By consolidating insights from diverse European regions, this panel aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of the complex factors driving Central Asian migration to the EU and provide a foundation for further research and policy development in this rapidly evolving field.

Five presentations will be made on the panel:

Giulio Benedetti "Migration Infrastructures in the Eyes of Central Asian Truck Drivers: Migrants’ Experiences in Russia and the EU," Maastricht University (Netherlands), Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (Latvia).

Anna Cieślewska, “Forming New Networks and Groups’ dynamics among Migrants and Political Refugees from Central Asia in Poland,” Collegium Civitas (Poland).

Sherzod Eraliev & Rustamjon Urinboyev, “Unveiling Migrant Precarity and Exploitation: Uzbek migrants in Sweden, Russia and Turkey,” Lund University, (Sweeden).

António Eduardo Mendonça, "Uzbeks on the Beach - from Central Asia to the Atlantic Coast'', University of Lisbon.

Cholpon Turdalieva, "Gendered Mobilities of Central Asian Female Migrants in Germany through the Perspectives of Public Transport, American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan).

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Saturday 8 June, 2024, -