iG Factbook: "Ethnic Kazakhs, a mix of Turkic and Mongol nomadic tribes who migrated into the region in the 13th century, were rarely united as a single nation. The area was conquered by Russia in the 18th century, and Kazakhstan became a Soviet Republic in 1936. During the 1950s and 1960s agricultural 'Virgin Lands' program, Soviet citizens were encouraged to help cultivate Kazakhstan's northern pastures. This influx of immigrants (mostly Russians, but also some other deported nationalities) skewed the ethnic mixture and enabled non-ethnic Kazakhs to outnumber natives. Non-Muslim ethnic minorities departed Kazakhstan in large numbers from the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s and a national program has repatriated about a million ethnic Kazakhs thus far back to Kazakhstan. These trends have allowed Kazakhs to become the titular majority again."
- In a news headline, the statement "Mankini not funny, says Kazakh professor" appears, this is a reference to Borat, a comedy film that parodies the lifestyle in Central Asian countries, this curiosity has to do with the character, Borat Sagdiyev, which is a satirical parody of the Kazakhs. During several scenes in the film, this character is shown wearing a male bikini.
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