Under the EU-funded More for More project Davit Mamiseishvili, Head of Batumi City Court joined IOM’s Border Management Specialist Mark Richmond to deliver a two day training course from 1-2 October at Batumi Hight School of Justice. Judges from across Georgia, including Adjara, Poti and Tbilisi, were present. Mr. Mamiseishvili described the Georgian legal framework and provided examples of cases of illegal border crossings and smuggling of migrants following the significant increase in cases in late 2015. He pointed out the links between organized smuggling of migrants and the links with other types of organized crime in Turkey and Adjara.
21 - 23 September 2016
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM responded to some specific training requests from the Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Making his second visit to assist the Migration Department and with immense experience of managing accommodation centres in the Netherlands, Greg Pidakos shared his knowledge in both a frank and helpful manner.
5-9 September 2016
Under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM joined with Border Management Specialist at the Embassy of Latvia in Tbilisi to provide training for 40 Patrol Police officers in Kutaisi. In the autumn of 2016 Wizz Air will launch seven new flights to EU destinations from Kutaisi International Airport. With such an expanded range of services the scope for increased travel document fraud is all too apparent.
31 August 2016
Under the EU-funded project “Reinforcing the Capacities of the Government of Georgia in Border and Migration Management” IOM is in the process of procuring 10 pieces of equipment for the detailed examination of identity documents at key Georgian border checkpoints.
4 - 8 July 2016
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM arranged for Italian experts Giuseppe Corbo, Basilio Pelosi and Marco Paladino to train 20 Georgian Revenue Service officers in Body Language. The training course had previously been delivered to a different selection of officers and was designed to highlight the subtleties of assessing the body language of persons moving through border checkpoints.
Under the EU funded More for More project IOM continued its support to the Georgian Public Service Development Agency in the field of document examination including civil registration documents. From 20 - 24 June two experts from the Dutch government led the training in Tbilisi for 27 officials of the Public Service Development Agency along with Public Service Hall officials from Tbilisi, Rustavi, Gori and Zugdidi and PSDA Community Centre officials from Sartichala and Sadakhlo.
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM arranged training in Sample Preparation for experts from the Forensic-Criminalistic Department of the Ministry of Interior. Between 7-9 June 2016, Izolda Žvironaitė covered such topics as the extraction of drugs made in clandestine labs from alkaline and acid solutions and the extraction of drugs from used syringes for similar analysis.
Under the EU-funded More for More project and at the request of the Academy of the Ministry of Interior, IOM arranged for an EU expert to comprehensively assess the induction training for Border Police officers patrolling the green borders of Georgia and Patrol Police officers working at various border checkpoints.
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