International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission to Georgia

  • Established in 1993
  • Field Offices – Tbilisi, Gori, Telavi, Kutaisi, Akhaltsikhe, Poti
  • Programme Portfolio – over 250 projects

IOM Georgia Field Offices


Over the course of its 23 years of operation in Georgia, the International Organization for Migration has transferred experience in the fields of justice and home affairs, emergencies and post-crisis response, migration and health, immigration and border management, migrant assistance, labour migration and human development, migration policy and research and provided capacity building for all migration related structures.

Achievements to date:

  • In total 663 migration officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Revenue Service, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the policy and executive levels were trained in the period 2014 – 2016
  • In total, in the period 2010 – 2014, 420 officials were trained under various border management related projects
  • In total 800 female police officers attended Regional Women in Policing Conference organized by IOM in Tbilisi in the period 2012 -2016
  • In total 20 key operational and analytical staff of the Ministries of Interior, Justice, PSDA, MRA, MFA and GeoStat were capacitated through expert advice, transferring expertise via study visits, targeted trainings in 2015
  • It is expected that at least 50 key staff from the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social (MoLHSA) and its Social Service Agency(SSA), MFA/ Consular Department , Public Service Development Agency (PSDA), Ministry of Sports and Youth, Ministry of Education and Science (MES), and PREAs are capacitated  in 2015-2016
  • Almost 200 key staff of the Ministries of Diaspora, Regional Development and Infrastructure, PSDA, regional and local authorities and other local partner agencies trained in 2016-2017
  • 554 business counselling sessions were provided and 203 business grants issued. 173 persons were counselled for vocational education and 58 persons actually received the grant. 122 persons received tools for self-employment, 34 persons received temporary housing, 154 persons got medical counselling and relevant referrals to clinics and programmes, 79 persons received medical assistance, 111 persons received assistance in enhancing living conditions and 48 persons were assisted in employment
  • Assisted voluntary return program assisted 4,822 Georgian nationals to return. 1830 persons have received micro-business assistance, 125 persons received assistance in employment, 380 persons received medical assistance, 170 persons were trained, 235 persons received accommodation assistance, 440 persons received reception assistance in Tbilisi and 206 persons received livelihood items.
  • Overall 40 temporary (for minimum six months’ rehabilitation programme cycle purposes) and 9 permanent job places created within six Social Enterprises
  • In 2014-2015 almost 300 PWDs victims were empowered through support in marketable skills development, employment mediation and job placement, financial education and entrepreneurial skills development, agricultural counselling leading to small business start-ups and/or expansion

IOM contributed substantially to the development of the migration management systems of Georgia, in particular in the field of border management, data management, IT systems’ development, infrastructure upgrade, training facilities’ development, methodological guidance, combating migration related crime, prevention of irregular migration, supporting legal migration, migration and development.