IOM Trains State Prosecutors on Smuggling of Migrants

Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM’s Border Management Specialist Mark Richmond delivered a two day training course from 1 - 2 July 2015 at the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia (POG) in Tbilisi. State Prosecutors from locations across Georgia were present along with representatives of the Border Police, Patrol Police, Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Georgian Revenue Service. 

IOM Hosts Migration for Development Workshop in Tbilisi

On 30 June – 1 July 2015, jointly with the Office for the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues and Public Service Development Agency, IOM organized a Migration for Development workshop in Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in Tbilisi. IOM engaged participants in discussions on financial literacy and remittance services and on mainstreaming migration into national development plans.

IOM Trains 18 Officers from Georgia's Migration Department

Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM responded to a specific training request from the Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. With vast experience of managing centres in the Netherlands Greg Pidakos shared his knowledge in such matters as developing SOPs, conflict avoidance and increasing good communication between those working and staying in the centre.  

IOM Organizes Visit for MIA Operational Department Officials to Finland

Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM’s Border Management Specialist based in Tbilisi cooperated with the Finnish Border Guard (FBG) to enable four officials from the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Operational Technical Department (OTD) to visit Kainuu in central Finland from 15 - 18 June 2015.  

Search and Inspection Training for 25 Revenue Service Officers

1 – 5 June 2015

Under the EU-funded border management capacity building initiative, implemented by IOM, Polish expert Mr. Remigiusz Wozniak visited Georgia to deliver a five-day search and inspection training course for 25 specially selected Revenue Service (RS) officers.

Georgian Revenue Service Delegation Hosted in U.K.

Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM coordinated a visit to the U.K. from 26-29 May for senior officials from the Revenue Service of Georgia to gain practical exposure to the approach of the U.K. Border Force to risk analysis.

IOM and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sign a Cooperation Agreement

On May 21, The International Organization for Migration, represented by Ms. Ilyana Derilova, Chief of Mission, IOM Georgia signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented by H.E. Mr Dumitru Badea, Ambassador of Romania to Georgia. The signing ceremony was held at the Romanian Embassy in Tbilisi. This agreement is to implementSocio-economic Empowerment of conflict affected, displaced persons through Durable Livelihood Activities” supported by the Unit for Development Assistance (UAsD) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

2015 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival Call for Entries

Are you a young filmmaker and interested in migration, diversity and social inclusion? The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite YOU to share your views on these topics by submitting your video to the 2015 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival.

By providing a platform for outreach and distribution, PLURAL+ empowers young people around the world to make their voices heard through short videos. Do you want to know how you can submit your creation? Go to for more info. If you need some inspiration first, go to the same website to find all the winning videos from previous years!

Deadline: 15 June 2015.

Watch here PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 2015 Call for Entries

IOM Trains Judges in Smuggling of Migrants

Under the EU-funded More for More project Georgian Legal Expert Mari Meskhi joined IOM’s Border Management Specialist Mark Richmond to deliver a two day training course from 5-6 May 2015 at the High School of Justice in Tbilisi for judges from across Georgia. Areas of discussion included the presence of migrant consent in smuggling and the nature of smuggling of persons as a service/business transaction.