The Workshop - ,,Migrant Integration before Departure: Perspectives, Approaches and Supporting Measures’’ took place in Rome, Italy on 24-25 September 2014 and focused on promoting exchange of practises between pre-departure integration service providers. Pre-departure orientation practices and policies were presented in national context by different countries.
Under the EU funded "Enhanced Cooperation for Secure Borders and Safe Migration" IOM trained 24 officers from the Revenue Service of Georgia in Secure Document and Forgery Examination. The training course was held in Tbilisi from 23-25 September 2014 at the Academy of the Ministry of Finance.
From 17 to 19 September Georgian prosecutors gathered in the town of Kachreti to participate in a training dedicated to enhancing their capacities in prosecuting the crime of trafficking in human beings.
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.