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Kyrgyz citizens start legally earning money on tobacco fields of Kazakhstan

Kyrgyz citizens started legally earning money on tobacco fields of Kazakhstan. The State Migration Service of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

According to it, this season became the first, when the Kyrgyz people began working officially and without a special permit. This became possible after the Kyrgyz Republic's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union, which provides for free movement of labor force.

Now our citizens are working primarily on tobacco fields and at farms. For example, Alua farm, which cultivates vegetables on 250 hectares, employs 30 of our citizens. It is mostly seasonal work - from March till October - that employs the inhabitants of Uzgen town.

On average, a family earns on the tobacco fields of Almaty region up to one million tenge (200,000 soms) per season.

Large regional center Esik in Almaty region provides field jobs to 345 citizens of Kyrgyzstan, official data says. Only 60 of them work officially under the contract. Their employers pay insurance premiums in the amount of 3,000 tenge (600 soms) and tax for foreign labor force in the amount of 2,000 (400 soms).