Ukrainian expert institutions provided the United Nations with materials of their own research on the Indigenous Peoples of Crimea, as a part of the preparations for the annual Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the UN General Assembly.

Given this year’s report topic on the impact of urbanization on the indigenous peoples’ rights, the relevant reports of the Association of Reintegration of Crimea and the Crimean Tatar Resource Center focused on the negligent attitude of the occupation “administration” to the towns’ utilities on the peninsula, which led to the “water crisis”, to the artificial resettlement of the thousands of Russia’s  citizens to the Crimea, and to the challenges, posed by such urbanization conditions for the Crimean Tatar people’s cultural, linguistic and religious identity.

The Association’s report stated that the Crimean Tatars’ urbanization processes since 2014 relate primarily to the Simferopol city agglomeration. After all, the degradation of the Crimean economy, the destruction of its resort potential, the pressure on small and medium-sized businesses and political repressions in compact settlements force Crimean Tatars’ youth to concentrate in the center of the region.