The International Observatory on Statelessness


During the civil war in Tajikistan, approximately 12,000 refugees of Turkmen ethnicity arrived in Turkmenistan between 1992 and 1997. Most were able to integrate into Turkmen society, obtain land, and attend schools; however, they did not receive Turkmanistani citizenship. These people qualify for citizenship under the criteria established in Article 18 of the 1992 Turkmen Nationality law but have been denied citizenship.