Meskhetians Coming To Philadelphia

by Nathan Hamm on 7/22/2004 · 1 comment

Yesterday I mentioned that Meskhetian Turks are moving to the US. Well, last night, I was told that at least the first wave of them is coming to Philadelphia. The AP makes it sound like a large number of them are heading to this city. Officials in Krasnodar say that 5,000 are preparing to leave (out of the total population of 20,000) and a State Department official is quoted as saying that the United States will accept all Meskhetian Turks from Krasnodar who want to come here.

If you live in this area and speak Russian, Uzbek, or Turkish, there is a need for oral and written translators to help the families out. There is also a need for furniture and household items. Contact me for details (either in comments or the email address on my about page).

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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haroon July 23, 2004 at 10:00 pm

I may know people fluent in Uzbeki who are able to assist, in the Philadelphia area. Do let me know how I might be able to help. Please also lemme know any other ways I can help out…

Thank you.
(my email:

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