Welcome to the "Informed Migration Georgia" Website!
This site is operated by the International Organization for Migration(IOM) under the framework of the project - Reinforcing the Capacities of the Government of Georgia in Border and Migration Management - funded under the Eastern Partnership Integration and Cooperation Programme 2012.
The objectives of this website are the following:
To present the latest objective and reliable information on safe migration opportunities to the population of Georgia
To present comprehensive information on opportunities for migrants returning to Georgia to benefit from sustainable reintegration assistance
Under the EU funded More for More project IOM delivered 10 VSC40HD/FS units to the Patrol Police of Georgia in December 2016. The units are manufactured by Foster & Freeman in the United Kingdom specifically for secondary level document examination and have been installed at 10 Georgian border checkpoints.
With European Union funding under the “More for More” project and at the request of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA), IOM trained 7 officials in Presentational Skills from 19-21 April 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Tbilisi. Those in attendance included officials from the quality control and legal departments of the Ministry as well as those engaged in decision making. The 3-day training course was designed to assist those who required to make presentations on behalf of the Ministry to external audiences but also as a platform for those who are increasingly engaged in training within the Ministry.
In the period 5 - 10 April IOM invited Ms. Kathleen Newland, the Senior Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute to discuss with the targeted state agencies, representatives of private sector and NGOs active in the field, Georgia's potential to utilize migration for development. The issues addressed during the visit included remittances, working closely with diaspora and facilitating (circular) regular labour migration.
IOM hosted a border management conference in Tbilisi from 22-23 March to mark the drawing to an end of the 2013-2017 EU-funded More for More project. The project has served to assist the Government of Georgia in meeting its Visa Liberalization Action Plan targets and the conference took place less than a week before Georgian citizens begin to enjoy visa free travel to the Schengen area. The conference included opening speeches from the Director of the Patrol Police, the Deputy Head of the Border Police and the Head of Customs and attracted significant media coverage. Invited guest speakers travelled from Austria, the Netherlands, Latvia, Moldova, Turkey and the U.K. There were also representatives present from embassies in Georgia and the region. Government of Georgia representatives came from a wide range of project partners including the State Security and Crisis Management Council and the State Commission on Migration Issues.
IOM Summarizes Achievements in the 4th and Final Issue of the Project Newsletter
The overall aim of the EU-funded project "Reinforcing the Capacities of the Government of Georgia in Border and Migration management" (More for More) has been to enhance the capacities of Georgian authorities in integrated border management and migration management and to ensure that key targets under the Visa Liberalization Action Plan (VLAP) were met. Drawing on EU expertise the project has supported significant advances on developing risk analysis in the Ministry of Interior and the handling of identity documents across government, has facilitated the sustainable reintegration of Georgian migrants returning home and has supported the fight against transnational organized crime. These successful interventions have played a notable role in Georgia successfully meeting its targets under the Visa Liberalization Action Plan and in doing so securing the goal of visa-free travel. Download the 4th project newsletter and find out about our achievements.
The EU has just uploaded a document with frequently asked questions about visa-free travel to Europe. Please download the document here.
Under the visa exemption, endorsed in plenary by 553 votes to 66, with 28 abstentions, Georgians who hold a biometric passport will have the right to enter the EU visa-free for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes, but not to work. Tbilisi has complied with all the benchmarks of its visa liberalisation plan, the text notes, underlining that “continuous fulfilment by Georgia of such criteria, especially on the fight against organised crime, will be duly monitored by the Commission.” The visa waivers apply to the Schengen area, which includes 22 EU member states (all except Ireland, the UK, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria), plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Download the Press Release
On 1 February 2017 the European Union Director-General Christian Danielsson handed over border surveillance equipment worth over 9.5 Million GEL (3.4 Million EUR) to the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs. The donation included sizeable quantities of communication, surveillance and detection equipment for the strengthening of Georgia’s capabilities of guarding the green border with Turkey. The support comes as part of the EU-funded “Reinforcing the Capacities of the Government of Georgia in Border and Migration Management” project, which has been implemented by IOM. The specialized equipment purchased contains, among other items, watch towers that are currently being constructed along the Georgian-Turkish border.
Under the EU funded More for More project IOM this week delivered 10 VSC40HD/FS units to the Patrol Police of Georgia. The units are manufactured by Foster & Freeman in the United Kingdom specifically for secondary level document examination and will be deployed at 10 Georgian border checkpoints. The equipment will shortly be installed at the three international airports in Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi, Larsi border with the Russian Federation, Sadakhlo border with Armenia, Red Bridge, Lagodekhi and Vakhtangisi borders with Azerbaijan and Sarpi and Kartsakhi borders with Turkey.
Visa Suspension Mechanism: Council Confirms Agreement with Parliament
On 7 December 2016, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) confirmed, on behalf of the Council, the compromise text agreed with the European Parliament on a regulation to revise the suspension mechanism, which can be applied to all existing visa liberalisation agreements. The agreement was reached between the Council, Parliament and Commission on the same day.
On 21 and 22 November a delegation from various migration management structures in Armenia travelled to Georgia to engage with their Georgian counterparts in an exchange of effective practices of migration management.
The six Armenian officials met with interlocutors from Georgia’s Secretariat to the State Commission on Migration Issues, the Office of the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Issues, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, Justice and IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees.
Under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM provided training from 7-9 November 2016 for 15 officials from the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The training in document security and fraud included visa/consular officials currently serving in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kuwait, China, Qatar, South Africa and Jordan. In addition seven officials based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tbilisi were present. The first two days of the training were delivered at the Academy of the Ministry of Interior by in-house trainer Keti Kobakhidze and IOM’s Border Management Specialist Mark Richmond. Core subjects included document security features, document abuse and impostor detection.
To support the effective development of Georgia’s UMAS (Unified Migration Analysis System) and under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM provided training from 2-4 November 2016 on a range of relevant issues concerning best practice in data security and sharing. A wide range of government actors were present as well as technical experts who have been assigned to support the development of UMAS. The training was led by Mr. Nick Southon a data specialist from the United Kingdom with over thirty years of experience in government service.
At the request of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs and under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM provided training from 1-3 November 2016 for 18 recently assigned Patrol Police officers from David the Builder International Airport in Kutaisi. The training course followed on from training conducted two months previously in Kutaisi and was arranged in response to the recent launch of seven new Wizz Air flights to EU destinations from the airport. With significantly higher volumes of passengers and with very affordable flight ticket prices, the potential for increased travel document fraud is significant.
Under the EU-funded More for More project, the IOM organized a Training of Trainers course on Criminal Intelligence and Investigation for a range of different officials at the Academy of the Ministry of Interior. The training course was delivered by British expert Geoff Amir, took place from 24-28 October 2016 and included representatives from the Central Criminal Police Department, the Information Analytical Department as well as trainers from the Academy of the Ministry of Interior. A wide range of topics were discussed including the role of analysts and approaches to their recruitment, intelligence collection and the significance of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM arranged for Sandra Esser and Matthias Golba from the German Federal Customs Office in Cologne to conduct training on International Transport and the Delivery of Goods from 18-20 October 2016. The training was provided for twenty frontline Revenue Service officers serving in various locations across Georgia and was very specific in detail and tailored to the demands outlined by the Revenue Service.
The EU’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) has agreed, on behalf of the European Council, a negotiating position on visa liberalisation for Georgia. Once the new visa regime for Georgia is agreed with the European Parliament and formally adopted, it will provide visa-free travel for Georgians travelling to the EU, as well as EU citizens travelling to Georgia, for a stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.
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