The International Observatory on Statelessness

Uzbekistan

The government forced the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office to close in 2006 and disregards UNHCR certificates or mandated refugee status. According to the Uzbek Interior Ministry, over 500,000 stateless people hold residence permits instead of usual passports throughout Uzbekistan. Residence permits allow stateless people to work and live in the country, but does not permit an individual to obtain a travel document.