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.
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.