Promoting well managed migration between the EU and Georgia07.12.2013

Title: Promoting well managed migration between the EU and Georgia
Partner: Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA)
Duration: 2012 –2015
Donor: European Union
Project coordinator: Tiko Tkeshelashvili

About the project
The Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development and the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA) implement the EU funded project Promoting well managed migration between the EU and Georgia. The overall objective of the 2.5-year project is to promote well managed migration between EU and Georgia. Specifically, the project will focus on four specific objectives:

Foster the links between migration and development,
Contribute to development of labour migration policy and legislation,
Fight irregular migration and support the fight against human trafficking
Protection of migrants "returnees" rights.

The action will take place in Tbilisi and 10 regions - Guria, Imereti, Kakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Racha-Lechkhumi, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Shida Kartli, and Adjara.


Objective 1. Foster the links between migration and development - Transforming the "Brain Drain" into a "Brain Gain"
This entails establishing links and working with the Georgian Diasporas in about 10 EU member countries with relatively large Georgian communities. The main idea is to connect Georgian emigrants with their homeland and create conditions in which they can contribute to its development. The selected Diaspora members will train and share their experience with representatives of various fields (such as tourism, service providing spheres, education etc)

Baseline study of labour market
Establishing links with Georgian Diaspora members.
Organizing Diaspora members' visits to Georgia.
Trainings for Trainers and trainings in selected fields


Objective 2 – Contribute to development of migration policy and legislation
For developing migration policy in Georgia it is important to take into consideration relevant experience of other countries and lessons learned. Recommendations for the government should be based on thorough analysis of migration policy and legislation.

Migration legislation and policy analysis
Three case studies
Publishing paper on circular migration

Objective 3. Fight irregular migration and support the fight against trafficking in human beings
The main reason for irregular migration is often the lack of information about the country of destination and employment opportunities there. Hence it is important to reach out to the population in regions to confront false impressions and unrealistic expectations about opportunities aboard and make necessary information accessible to wider population. The fight against human trafficking will be based on the needs identified in National Action Plan on the fight against trafficking in human beings.

Information brochures:
Legal migration opportunities abroad
Risks of illegal migration
Human trafficking prevention
Awareness-raising campaign - 30 bus tours, 10 presentations/public discussions, media campaigns

Objective 4. Promote migrants "returnees" rights
The project implies support to dignified return of migrants and their reintegration
Legal assistance for returned/readmitted migrants
Legal consultation for migrants

Publications ...
Georgian CSOs
Links ...


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