About Central Asian States
The effects of the Soviet Union’s break-up 25 years ago are still felt in Central Asia. The 1990s saw a total economic restructuring, resulting in widespread unemployment, family breakdown and institutional collapse. Independent states lacking in natural resources have struggled to recover and build a viable economic model.
There is a sense of hopelessness amongst many as they have seen a decline in incomes, education levels and opportunities for work in other regions of the post-Soviet Union.
Coupled with the new pressures of drug and alcohol addictions, an under-resourced state and mass migration, Central Asia has been facing challenging times.