From 18-19 May 2017 and under the EU-funded More for More project 2013-2017 IOM facilitated a retreat at the Ambassadori Hotel in Kachreti for key government stakeholders from the Ministry of Interior. The aim was to pull together representatives from, inter alia, the Info-Analytical Department, Border Police, Patrol Police and Migration Department as well as legal advisors from the Ministry to review and finalise the Risk Analysis Methodological Manual.
On 4 May Georgian government agencies responsible for migration management and representatives from 12 embassies of EU Member States and Switzerland met in the Public Service Hall in Tbilisi to discuss progress made in the implementation of the More for More project.
24-28 April 2017
Under the EU funded More for More project IOM delivered 10 VSC40HD/FS units to the Patrol Police of Georgia in December 2016. The units are manufactured by Foster & Freeman in the United Kingdom specifically for secondary level document examination and have been installed at 10 Georgian border checkpoints
19 - 21 April 2017
With European Union funding under the “More for More” project and at the request of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA), IOM trained 7 officials in Presentational Skills from 19-21 April 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Tbilisi. Those in attendance included officials from the quality control and legal departments of the Ministry as well as those engaged in decision making. The 3-day training course was designed to assist those who required to make presentations on behalf of the Ministry to external audiences but also as a platform for those who are increasingly engaged in training within the Ministry.
22 - 23 March 2017
IOM hosted a border management conference in Tbilisi from 22-23 March to mark the drawing to an end of the 2013-2017 EU-funded More for More project. The project has served to assist the Government of Georgia in meeting its Visa Liberalization Action Plan targets and the conference took place less than a week before Georgian citizens begin to enjoy visa free travel to the Schengen area. The conference included opening speeches from the Director of the Patrol Police, the Deputy Head of the Border Police and the Head of Customs and attracted significant media coverage. Invited guest speakers travelled from Austria, the Netherlands, Latvia, Moldova, Turkey and the U.K.
Under the United States Department of State (INL) - funded project “Trafficking for Labour Exploitation, with a special focus on the Exploitation of Child Labour” IOM invited law enforcement human trafficking expert Bernie Gravett to train State Prosecutors and Police Investigators from Tbilisi and Batumi. Included in the training were sessions on special investigation techniques applicable to Trafficking in Human Beings and Crime Scene Examination.
13 - 24 February 2017
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM has invested significantly in supporting the development of the Risk Analysis Unit at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior. Karol Turzyński made his fourth visit under the project in February 2017 to provide a Training of Trainers course for selected officers from the Ministry of Interior. Representatives attending the two-week course came from the Info-Analytical Department of the Ministry of Interior, the Border Police, the Patrol Police and the Academy of the Ministry of Interior.
01/02/2017, Tbilisi: Today European Union Director-General Christian Danielsson handed over border surveillance equipment worth over 9.5 Million GEL (3.4 Million EUR) to the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs. The donation included sizeable quantities of communication, surveillance and detection equipment for the strengthening of Georgia’s capabilities of guarding the green border with Turkey.
19 - 21 December 2016
Under the EU-funded More for More project, this week IOM delivered training in Tbilisi to prosecutors, Central Criminal Police officers, Revenue Service officers and officers from the Border Police on effective methods of investigating the crime of smuggling of migrants. The group of 18 benefited from theoretical training and accompanying practical exercises to enhance their appreciation of how organized smuggling of migrants can be combated in an effective manner. Topics included distinguishing trafficking in persons from smuggling of migrants, cross-border information sharing and the role of intelligence-led policing in crime prevention.
12 - 14 December 2016
Under the EU funded More for More project IOM this week delivered 10 VSC40HD/FS units to the Patrol Police of Georgia. The units are manufactured by Foster & Freeman in the United Kingdom specifically for secondary level document examination and will be deployed at 10 Georgian border checkpoints.