Experts from IOM and Georgia’s Ministry of Interior joined forces to deliver training in both Tbilisi and Kutaisi in Document Fraud and Identity Management.
Under the EU-funded More for More Project IOM trained 7 consular/visa officers on travel document security and fraud as part of pre-posting training carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A wide range of document security features were analysed including security paper, security inks and optically variable devices.
Jointly with the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Corrections, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Ilia State University IOM produced Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Brochure aiming at the primary prevention of tobacco, cannabis and alcohol consumption.
With European Union funding and at the request of the Revenue Service of Georgia, IOM trained 8 officials in Presentational Skills from 10-12 March 2015. The trainees included those specialising in project planning, risk analysis as well as representatives from border posts, the Legal Department and the Department for International Relations.
Under the EU-funded project “Reinforcing the Capacities of the Government of Georgia in Border and Migration Management”, IOM conducted interview skills training for 22 Patrol Police officers from Tbilisi International Airport, Red Bridge, Sadakhlo and Kazbegi border checkpoints from 4-5 March 2015. The training was held at the Academy of the Ministry of Interior and designed to enhance existing interviewing skills and share experience of best practice.
With the support of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi IOM has organized the Fourth Annual Women in Policing Regional Conference. Participant countries this year are Armenia, Albania, Moldova, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia. The conference took place from 3-6 March in the Radisson BluIveria Hotel in Tbilisi.
From 26-30 January 2015 IOM continued its support for the Revenue Service of Georgia (RS) under the European Union (EU) funded project "Enhanced Cooperation for Secure Borders and Safe Migration". On 27 June 2014 Georgia signed an Association Agreement with the EU. Following the signing of this historic free trade deal, Georgia requires assistance from EU Member States in dealing with new and unfamiliar procedures. The RS requested that IOM identify expertise in the specific matter of Rules of Origin.
On 29 and 30 January, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) hosted a regional conference in Tbilisi to discuss effective practices of managing Readmission Agreements implemented with the EU, while upholding international standards of protection of migrants’ rights. Seven state officials from 5 EU Member States shared their expertise with government officials from five Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) on pertinent issues such as the independent monitoring of the implementation of the readmission agreements, safeguarding human rights during return processes and experiences in managing migrant detention centres.
With the support of the State Secretariat for Migration of Switzerland, five social enterprise projects will be implemented by the International Organization for Migration Mission to Georgia already this year.
On 21 January 2015 the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA) in support of offering humane return options for foreigners who reside irregularly in Georgia and will be accommodated in MIA’s holding centre. This new development will allow IOM to expand its Assisted Voluntary Programme in Georgia also for migrants who will be accommodated in this new holding centre, which is expected to start operating from March 2015 onwards.