News List

IOM Hosts Border Management Conference in Tbilisi

22 - 23 March 2017

IOM hosted a border management conference in Tbilisi from 22-23 March to mark the drawing to an end of the 2013-2017 EU-funded More for More project. The project has served to assist the Government of Georgia in meeting its Visa Liberalization Action Plan targets and the conference took place less than a week before Georgian citizens begin to enjoy visa free travel to the Schengen area.  The conference included opening speeches from the Director of the Patrol Police, the Deputy Head of the Border Police and the Head of Customs and attracted significant media coverage.  Invited guest speakers travelled from Austria, the Netherlands, Latvia, Moldova, Turkey and the U.K. 

IOM Trains Prosecutors and Criminal Investigators on Trafficking in Human Beings

Under the United States Department of State (INL) - funded project “Trafficking for Labour Exploitation, with a special focus on the Exploitation of Child Labour” IOM invited law enforcement human trafficking expert Bernie Gravett to train State Prosecutors and Police Investigators from Tbilisi and Batumi. Included in the training were sessions on special investigation techniques applicable to Trafficking in Human Beings and Crime Scene Examination. 

Polish Expert Conducts Training of Trainers on Risk Analysis

13 - 24 February 2017

Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM has invested significantly in supporting the development of the Risk Analysis Unit at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior.  Karol Turzyński made his fourth visit under the project in February 2017 to provide a Training of Trainers course for selected officers from the Ministry of Interior.  Representatives attending the two-week course came from the Info-Analytical Department of the Ministry of Interior, the Border Police, the Patrol Police and the Academy of the Ministry of Interior. 

European Union Provides Over 9.5 million GEL of Equipment to Improve Security Along the Georgian-Turkish Border

01/02/2017, Tbilisi: Today European Union Director-General Christian Danielsson handed over border surveillance equipment worth over 9.5 Million GEL (3.4 Million EUR) to the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs.  The donation included sizeable quantities of communication, surveillance and detection equipment for the strengthening of Georgia’s capabilities of guarding the green border with Turkey.

IOM Continues Capacity Building of Georgian Law Enforcement Bodies on Smuggling of Migrants

19 - 21 December 2016

Under the EU-funded More for More project, this week IOM delivered training in Tbilisi to prosecutors, Central Criminal Police officers,  Revenue Service officers and officers from the Border Police on effective methods of investigating the crime of smuggling of migrants. The group of 18 benefited from theoretical training and accompanying practical exercises to enhance their appreciation of how organized smuggling of migrants can be combated in an effective manner.  Topics included distinguishing trafficking in persons from smuggling of migrants, cross-border information sharing and the role of intelligence-led policing in crime prevention.

 

IOM Provides 10 Units of Document Examination Equipment to the Patrol Police of Georgia

12 - 14 December 2016

Under the EU funded More for More project IOM this week delivered 10 VSC40HD/FS units to the Patrol Police of Georgia.  The units are manufactured by Foster & Freeman in the United Kingdom specifically for secondary level document examination and will be deployed at 10 Georgian border checkpoints. 

IOM Training for Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation of Georgia

29 November - 1 December 2016

Under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM provided training from 29 November until 1 December 2016 for 16 officials from the Georgian Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation.  The training covered identity management as well as document security and fraud.  The first two days of the training were delivered at the Academy of the Ministry of Interior by in-house trainer Keti Kobakhidze and IOM’s Border Management Specialist Mark Richmond.  The final day took place at the Justice House in Tbilisi and included tailored contributions from Public Service Development Agency officials.

 

IOM Training for Georgian Visa/Consular Officers Serving Overseas

7-9 November 2016

Under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM provided training from 7-9 November 2016 for 15 officials from the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The training in document security and fraud included visa/consular officials currently serving in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kuwait, China, Qatar, South Africa and Jordan. In addition seven officials based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tbilisi were present. 

 

IOM Completes Additional Document Security and Fraud Training Course in Kutaisi

1-3 November 2016

At the request of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs and under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM provided training from 1-3 November 2016 for 18 recently assigned Patrol Police officers from David the Builder International Airport in Kutaisi.  The training course followed on from training conducted two months previously in Kutaisi and was arranged in response to the recent launch of seven new Wizz Air flights to EU destinations from the airport.  With significantly higher volumes of passengers and with very affordable flight ticket prices, the potential for increased travel document fraud is significant. 

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