On 2 September IOM transferred technical equipment to the Counter-Trafficking Task Force, which is an entity operating from Batumi under the Criminal Police Department in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
On 2 September 2014, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission to Georgia held an Information Meeting concerning the Open Call for Proposals for the Social Enterprises’ Grant Project.
The Law of Georgia on the Legal Status of Aliens and Stateless Persons came into force on 1st September 2014.
The International Organization for Migration, Mission to Georgia conducted the Information Meeting concerning the Social Enterprises’ Grant Project Open Call for Proposals on Tuesday, 2 September 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hotel Old Tbilisi Conference Hall.
In August IOM invited Norwegian Data Management Expert Eivind Hoffmann to conduct a thorough assessment of current migration data management practices of Georgia.
IOM has supplied to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia large quantities of flyers that outline the new rules for the application for a Georgian entry visa. These new rules will enter into force on 1 September 2014, as part of the newly adopted law “On the Legal Status of Aliens and Stateless Persons”. This flyer is currently being disseminated to foreigners arriving to Georgia at Tbilisi Airport and other major ports of entry.
On 25 August 2014 IOM made a presentation and lead a discussion session concerning the challenges to be faced with the increase in visa applications that will be received from 1st September 2014 when the new regulations concerning aliens comes into force. With 61 MFA officials serving overseas gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tbilisi, IOM used its in-house experience to guide officials on best practice in dealing with significantly increased volumes of applications.
On 25th of August 2014 IOM Georgia announced an Open Call for Proposals for development of Social Enterprises that should employ at-risk, stablized and formed drug users among Georgian nationals, including returning and potential migrants.
IOM now invites interested applicants to submit respective Project Proposals by 26th September 2014, 15:00 h.
The size of the Grant requested under this Call for Proposals must not exceed the maximum of Swiss Franks (CHF) 100,000 payable by IOM.
On 27 to 30 May the IOM Deputy Director General, Ms. Laura Thompson, visited Georgia upon official invitation from the State Minister of Georgia on Diaspora Issues to participate in the celebration of the Georgian Diaspora Days.
IOM is thanked by GoG for its role in implementing upgrade of the canine facility at Tbilisi International Airport.
The facility has been funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).