The oralman program, in its original form, provided generous social and economic benefits to entice Kazakhs abroad to migrate to their titular homeland.Now, under new terms announced in April, perks to attract ethnic Kazakhs abroad are back on the table in the form of paid travel and subsidized housing: but to be eligible for the benefits, migrants are required to settle in government-selected areas.After adopting several welcome, albeit modest reforms in early 2009, the government of Kazakhstan dealt a series of blows to human rights that undermine Kazakhstan's role as the chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010.It failed to implement more meaningful reforms it had promised.Of the seven target regions, six are in northern Kazakhstan, situated along its long border with Russia, and which have sizeable ethnic Russian populations: Akmola; East Kazakhstan; Kostanay; North Kazakhstan: Pavlodar; and West Kazakhstan.
The migration initiative includes a fast-track one-year citizenship process.
On July 27, the day after the accident, the authorities opened a criminal case, a normal procedure after a car accident with a casualty.
The investigation initially designated Zhovtis as a witness, changing that status to suspect the next day but informing Zhovtis and his lawyer about this only two weeks later, a serious violation of Kazakh law.
(Photo: David Trilling) Astana is rebooting a program to lure ethnic Kazakhs living abroad to move to Kazakhstan.
Observers believe Astana’s revived interest in the program is motivated by a desire to limit Russia’s potential to meddle in Kazakhstani affairs.
At trial the judge either rejected or postponed all defense petitions without ruling on them.