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).
Since the beginning of May 2014, IOM has been disseminating large quantities of flyers to raise the awareness on trafficking in persons.
This activity responds to the obligations that Georgian authorities have assumed under the National Action Plan on the Combat of Trafficking in Persons, to be implemented in 2013 and 2014.
From 29 April to 2 May, IOM hosted a training course on the issue of combating trafficking in persons and enhancing the response from Georgia’s law enforcement bodies in combating this crime. The training took place in Batumi with 19 law enforcement officers (12 police officers and 7 prosecutors) in attendance, including the newly appointed members of the Counter-Trafficking Task Force in Batumi.
24-25 April 2014
Workshop on humane return of migrants and detention centre management
IOM offers support to returned Georgian nationals, who are facing the challenge of rebuilding their lives. The available services are diverse and range from medical assistance to job counselling and skills development. The aim of the initiative is to facilitate the sustainable reintegration of the returned migrants in Georgian society.