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Kazakh Police Round Up Illegal Migrants

Kazakhstan is a common destination for migrant laborers from Central Asia.
ALMATY -- Almaty city police have detained 111 illegal immigrants in one of the city's market places, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

The majority of those detained on February 20 were from neighboring Central Asian states.

Saltanat Azirbek of the Almaty city police told RFE/RL that 74 Tajiks, 14 Kyrgyz, and 10 Uzbeks were among those arrested.

She said the majority of the migrants are likely to be deported, adding that the court will decide their fate.

Almaty police say that more than 43,000 labor migrants in Kazakhstan's largest city broke the law last year.