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The EU Central Asia Strategy — Driving the Future of Young People in Central Asia

Central Asia has a special relevance as a bridge between Europe and Asia. In its Central Asia Strategy, the EU has developed a framework for cooper­ation with the region as a whole and the five states. The strategy is based on strength­ening the resilience of the countries, creating prosperity in a democ­ratic environment, and cooper­ation among the countries and with the European Union and its member states.

The Central Asian population is very young. In a new study commis­sioned by the German Foreign Office, the Institut fuer Europaeische Politik illus­trates how the imple­men­tation of their Central Asian Strategy can contribute to creating prospects for young people within in their home countries. It examines such with regard to education, digiti­zation, the economy and social issues, as well as gender equality and the promotion of democracy. In addition, the study provides recom­men­da­tions on how Germany can contribute to the imple­men­tation of the Central Asia Strategy.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajik­istan, Turkmenistan and Uzbek­istan form the Central Asia region. The former Soviet republics have a clear urban-rural gap. The expec­ta­tions of a predom­i­nantly young population for access to education, partic­i­pation in digiti­zation and a profes­sional future in the home country are met with limited resources. Good gover­nance and a strengthened youth policy can transform this status. The EU Central Asia Strategy can support govern­ments and all societal actors in opening up better perspec­tives for young people in Central Asia in their home countries.


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Inga Kjer, Commu­ni­cation Advisor