Kazakhstan, Estonia to cooperate on citizen readmission

Kazakhstan, Estonia to cooperate on citizen readmission

Kazakhstan and Estonia are set to cooperate on the readmission of persons. The corresponding agreement, ratified by the Mazhilis, a Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament, was approved by Senate members. This agreement will enable citizens who are illegally staying in the territory of either country or have lost their documents to return to their homeland. According to Senate member Ainur Argynbekova, the law aims to establish a legal framework for effective cooperation between the competent authorities of both countries across various domains. These include combating illegal migration and implementing efficient procedures for identifying and organizing the return of individuals who no longer meet entry conditions. Additionally, the law includes provisions for stay or residency in the territories of the contracting states, as well as streamlining the transit of such individuals. It is noteworthy that Estonia has already ratified the agreement signed in December 2022. Argynbekova notes that Kazakhstan has concluded similar agreements with 18 foreign countries, and is in negotiations with another 32 states  on the same matter.

“The competent authorities for the implementation of the agreement are the Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. Overall, the agreement fully outlines the organizational and legal mechanism for implementing bilateral cooperation between the parties regarding the readmission of persons, whereby all procedural matters will be addressed,” Argynbekova said.