More than 277,000 children were left without care of their parents in Kyrgyzstan due to labor migration. Such data were obtained during a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), UNICEF reports.
According to UNICEF, the number of children left without parental care has increased by 16 percent over the past four years — from 239,100 in 2014 to 277,500 in 2018.
At least one parent of 12 percent of children lives abroad. The highest rates are in Osh and Jalal-Abad regions (18 percent each), as well as in Batken (14 percent) region. Both mother and father of 4 percent of children live abroad.
About 9 percent of children do not live with any of their biological parents. In the Jalal-Abad region, this figure reaches 14 percent.
The survey covered more than 7,000 households in all regions of Kyrgyzstan, and field studies were conducted in September — November 2018.
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was developed by UNICEF in the 1990s as an international household survey program to assist countries in collecting data on a wide range of indicators of the situation of children and women.