On 17-18 July 2018, under the EU-funded SBMMG Project, IOM organized an inter-agency working group meeting in Kachreti to support Georgia with Advanced Passenger Information / Passenger Name Record (API/PNR) project development. The discussion between the main government stakeholders was facilitated by Mr. Andrew Priestley, independent expert from the UK and Mr. Jason Clarke, IOM’s Senior Integrated Border Management Expert and IBM Project manager in Georgia.
On 12 and 13 July, a senior delegation from the Government of Sri Lanka paid a visit to Georgia to discuss with their Georgian counterparts modalities of cooperation on return of migrants and readmission in particular. The Sri Lankan delegation visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and both sides sat down for bilateral consultations on a bilateral agreement on readmission.
In cooperation with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Health of Adjara, IOM Georgia launched a migrant survey at Sarpi border checkpoint, situated at the Georgian border to Turkey. The survey is aimed to provide free HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C testing for labour migrants. Over the course of next weeks a mobile clinic will be positioned at the exit of the Sarpi border checkpoint from Georgia and a medical team of health experts will be available in the arrival hall.
6 - 9 March 2018
IOM Georgia marked International Women’s Day by hosting the seventh annual regional Women in Policing Conference which closes today (Friday) in the capital Tbilisi.
The event was organized with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi and in close cooperation with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law (INL). It brought together more than 250 female police officers from Georgia and nearby countries like Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Moldova, Armenia and Ukraine, as well as from further afield: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, the Philippines, Pakistan, Indonesia and Myanmar.
IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency has signed an agreement with the Georgian Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Affairs aimed at regulating and managing labour migration in the Caucasian nation.
On 22 December IOM hosted a meeting with stakeholders in the counter-trafficking domain to review the achievements of 2017 and look ahead at challenges to be dealt with in 2018.
On 18 December 2017 IOM Celebrated the International Migrants Day. In Georgia the date also marked the 66th Anniversary of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the closing of the Global Migration Film Festival (5 - 18 December 2017).
On 4-5 December 2017 Georgia’ Prosecutor’s Office hosted a training delivered by IOM on the crime of smuggling of migrants. In attendance were 21 prosecutors who travelled to Tbilisi from all corners of Georgia, including the regions that neighbor Turkey (Samtskhe-Javakheti and Ajara), where the smuggling of migrants is particularly acute.
IOM organized a workshop on “Temporary Labour Migration Administration Issues” in Tbilisi on 17 – 19 October 2017. The workshop was led by Michael Newson, Senior Labour Mobility and Human Development Specialist for IOM Regional Office in Vienna.