Under the EU-funded project “Reinforcing the Capacities of the Government of Georgia in Border and Migration Management” IOM organized a study visit to France from 17-19 May 2016 for six forensic document examiners from the Forensic-Criminalistic Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. Although possessing established expertise in document examination the experts had never previously had exposure to the factory production of secure documents such as passports and the production of security paper used in banknotes.
Under the EU funded More for More project 3.2 million Euros is being invested in four sections of the green border between Georgia and Turkey. IOM is supporting the intervention with procurement and logistical support for training Border Police officers.
26 April 2016
On 26 April IOM hosted 15 policy-makers from leading government agencies in the field of combating trafficking in human beings and non-governmental organizations in the National Validation Workshop in Tbilisi.
22 April 2016
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission to Georgia held the Presentation Event at the Kolkheti National Park to present fifteen small businesses supported this year as part of the programme: “Socio-Economic Empowerment of Conflict-Affected, Displaced Persons through Durable Livelihood Activities”.
14 - 15 April 2016
Under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM’s Border Management Specialist Mark Richmond provided document security and fraud training for 20 officers from the Revenue Service at Sarpi border checkpoint in Adjara. This is the fifth such course delivered under the project that has been specifically targeted at Revenue Service officers with responsibility for operating the frontline immigration control for heavy good vehicles and medium sized commercial vehicles.
18 March 2016, Tbilisi
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM hosted a workshop in Tbilisi on 18 March 2016 aimed at initiating a plan for a migrant surge at Georgian borders. The workshop was organized in recognition of Georgia's proximity to current areas of conflict but also taking account of the reactive rather than planned response that has taken place in other countries when faced with such a surge.
Gender and Migration
Around the world, more people are on the move than ever before. Many of them are seeking new opportunities and a better life for themselves and their families. Others are forced to move due to disaster or conflict. Gender is central to any discussion of the causes and consequences of regular and irregular migration and forced displacement.
On 1- 4 March 2016 the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), organized Women in Policing Regional Conference. This year marked the 5th anniversary of the conference that had taken place in Tbilisi, Georgia every year since 2012. The conference consistently aimed at professional advancement, career development empowerment of women in police.
This week IOM has been organizing an in-depth course in Batumi for specialized prosecutors and police officers on effective methods of investigating the crime of smuggling of migrants. Together with trainer Adrian Loxton and IOM’s IBM specialist Mark Richmond, both from the United Kingdom, a group of 18 prosecutors, border control officers and Revenue Service officials has been going through theoretical and practical exercises to enhance their appreciation of how smuggling of migrants can be combated in an effective manner.
On 9 December 2015, IOM Georgia officially launched the project “Temporary Labour Migration of Georgian Workers to Poland and Estonia” funded by IOM Development Fund and held its first Steering Committee meeting in Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in Tbilisi. All the activities planned within the project aim at developing the capacities of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs and its Social Service Agency, Public Service Development Agency, Ministry of Justice in coordination with the State Commission for Migration Issues of Georgia in managing temporary labour migration processes independently.The project sets precedent for state’s involvement in the temporary labour migration management process in Georgia in an informed and prepared manner.