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Migration factor in the China-Kazakhstan relations: historical frame and current developments 
Ablet Kamalov (University Turan)
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Yelena Nechayeva (L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University)
Botagoz Rakisheva (Public Opinion Research Institute)
Political Science, International Relations, and Law


The panel will examine the migration factor in the Chinese-Kazakhstan relations, focusing mainly on the migration process during the period of independence of Kazakhstan since 1991, but at the same time providing historical perspective to current trends and patterns of migration. Papers presented at the panel will outline the main trends in the interstate migration, which include moves of people from between China and Kazakhstan with different aims such as ethnic reunion (reptriation of ethnic Kazakhs from China), migration of people for labor (business) and educational purposes (students) etc. The panel will discuss political, economic and social aspects of the interstate migrations between China and Kazakhstan, outline the role of the People's Republic of China's “Belt and Road Initiative" on migration of the Chinese workers and businessmen to Kazakhstan, migratory regulations of the members of the "Shangai Cooperation Organization", China's soft power (cooperation in the sphere of science and education) and its policy towards Muslim Turkic minorities, dynamics of Kazakhstan's policy of repatriation of ethnic Kazakhs (oralman~qandas) from China and formation of an effective migratory policy of Kazakhstan in the frame of the national security priorities. Discussion of the current migration trends and patterns will also be put in the historical context of migration processes in the frontier areas of the imperial period and migratory policy of the Soviet period.

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