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.
მიგრაციის საერთაშორისო ორგანიზაციამ 13 ოქტომბერს ევროპის სამოქალაქო დაცვისა და ჰუმანიტარული დახმარების ოპერაციების გენერალურ დირექტორატთან და სახელმწიფო უსაფრთხოებისა და კრიზისების მართვის საბჭოს აპარატის კრიზისული სიტუაციების მართვის ეროვნულ ცენტრთან ერთად აღნიშნა კატასტროფის რისკის შემცირების საერთაშორისო დღე. ღონისძიება თბილისში, მთაწმიდის პარკში გაიმართა. მასში მონაწილეობდნენ როგორც სახელმწიფო სტრუქტურების წარმომადგენლები, ასევე საერთაშორისო და ადგილობრივი არასამთავრობო ორგანიზაციები.
On 21 – 22 September 2017 IOM Georgia organized at training in Tbilisi for labour migration policy makers and practitioners. The two-day training was led by Ms. Tanja Dedovic, Labour Mobility and Human Development Coordinator for the Regional Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Georgia is a country with high emigration intensity. Main reason for emigration is search for employment abroad. Namely, 75 – 80% of emigrants are migrant workers. In spite of this, Georgia’s labour migration policy is still only at a formation stage and the activities of private employment agencies in the field are neither efficient nor ethical. As a result, labour migration from Georgia is mainly of unorganized and irregular nature, accompanied by related risks and socio-economic losses. Though the Government of Georgia shows more and more interest towards temporary labour migration through fostering inter-country cooperation, relevant underdeveloped models significantly hinder its development.
It is an aim of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission to Georgia to form and pilot in practice the abovementioned model. Poland and Estonia were selected as pilot countries and the project “Piloting Temporary Labour Migration of Georgian Workers to Poland and Estonia” was developed and funded by IOM Development Fund.
It’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. What do we need to do now?
By William Lacy Swing
It is believed that millions are currently victims of trafficking in persons around the world. It is almost impossible to think about each one of those numbers as individual human beings and it can feel like an insurmountable problem. But it isn’t. And on this World Day Against Trafficking in Persons we must believe that not only can we make a dent but that we can make significant inroads into eliminating it.
19 – 22 June 2017
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM delivered four one day training courses for Patrol Police officers based at various Georgian border checkpoints. The training was specifically requested by the Patrol Police in recognition of the recent recruitment of new officers and also the need for existing officers to refresh their skills. A wide range of issues were covered including frontline and second tier interviewing skills.
5 – 7 June 2017
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM delivered training this week IOM delivered training to Border Police, Patrol Police and Central Criminal Police officers in Akhaltsikhe. The location of the training was specifically chosen as many of the irregular border crossings from Georgia into Turkey (and to a lesser extent in the opposite direction) take place in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region. The training course included the Georgian laws on smuggling of migrants, the indicators for effectively identifying smuggled migrants and smugglers as well as taking account of the broader regional context and international situation. The group of 20 officers also participated in practical exercises that highlighted the necessity for cross-border information sharing and the role of intelligence-led policing in crime prevention.
Substance abuse by children is a growing problem in Georgia, particularly among migrant populations. The National Centre for Disease Control reports that almost half of school children aged 13 to 16 have smoked cigarettes, 85 per cent have tried alcohol, and 11 per cent have used cannabis at least once.
It is in this light that the UN Migration Agency (IOM) has launched a campaign called Life is Better in partnership with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the US Embassy in Tbilisi and key governmental counterparts.
29 May - 1 June 2017
From 29 May to 1 June IOM organized training for 25 labour inspectors of Georgia’s Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs on their role in combating trafficking in persons. The unit of the Labour Inspectorate was established in 2015 and is in the process of developing its mandate in inspecting employment sites and highlighting cases of labour exploitation if identified.