Reintegration means return to the country of origin and re-engagement into the social and economic life.
Supporting Reintegration of the Returned Georgian Migrants Programme
Supporting reintegration of returned Georgian migrants is one of the key priorities of the Georgian government. Given its importance, and building on the experience accumulated as a result of fruitful cooperation with International Organization for Migration, the government launched a State Programme for Supporting Reintegration of Returned Georgian Migrants in 2015. In the framework of the Programme, a certain sum is allocated annually from the state budget to fund targeted programmes and projects. The Programme is focused on Georgian nationals or persons having stateless status in Georgia, who:
- Have been unlawfully residing abroad for more than one year, have applied for or received asylum abroad;
- Have been registered in order to participate in the State Programme for Reintegration of Returned Migrants within one year since returning to Georgia.
The sum allocated within the State Programme is issued to the non-governmental organizations, which directly provide services to the returned migrants that include: provision of healthcare services and medicines, funding income-generating projects, offering vocational training-retraining courses and provision of temporary accommodation in case of need. This approach ensures swift and efficient delivery of reintegration assistance to the beneficiaries, also by increasing geographical coverage, and aims at securing transparency and strengthening cooperation between state and non-governmental sector.
In 2015-2018 the State Programme Supporting Reintegration of Retuned Migrants was implemented by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia. From September 2018, following the structural changes in the Georgian government, the above-said responsibility was transferred to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, which, respectively, in 2019 was allocated 650.000 GEL from the state budget for implementing the State Programme. The grant competition, announced in 2019 within the framework of the Programme has identified the following winner NGOs (formally: non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entities):
- “Public Advocacy” (Tbilisi, Kvemo Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti);
- Samtskhe-Javakheti regional association “Toleranti” (Samtskhe-Javakheti, Shida Kartli);
- “Abkhazinterkonti” (Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi, Samegrelo, Kvemo Svaneti, Zemo Svaneti);
- Union of Young Scientists “Intelekti” (Adjara, Guria);
- Kakheti Regional Development Fund (Kakheti).
For further details regarding the State Programme for Supporting Reintegration of Returned Georgian Migrants please contact the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia:
144 Ak. Tsereteli Ave., 0119 Tbilisi Georgia
Tel: (032) 2 51 00 26
Hotline: 15 05
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Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR / IOM)
International Organization for Migration Georgia Mission has been implementing AVRR programmes in Georgia since 2003. The programmes are intended to assist the citizens of Georgia who have unlawfully been staying abroad or those whose asylum applications have been rejected.
AVRR include meeting returned migrants at airport, consulting, referral to various state programmes and providing reintegration assistance, which, in turn, include provision of temporary accommodation (on case of need), buying necessary medication, retraining and assisting in finding job, and assisting in income-generating activities.
Within the period of 2003-2019, a total number of 10.573 persons have been returned to Georgia from 32 countries (mainly the EU MS) through AVRR programmes. OF them, 5100 persons have been provided reintegration assistance, while the rest benefited from assistance related only to return (documents, air ticket, escorting to the airport). The top countries the Georgian citizens are returning from are Germany, Greece, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
AVRR programmes are implemented by IOM Tbilisi and IOM regional offices - Migrant Resource Centers:
IOM Georgia Mission
12 T. Abluadze Str.
0162 Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: (+ 995 32) 22 52 216
Fax: (+ 995 32) 22 52 217
Web: www.iom.ge / www.iom.int
Migrant Resource Centers in regions:
63 Ak. Tsereteli Str.
4600 Kutaisi, Georgia
Tel: (+995 431) 24 44 43
8 Erekle II Ave.
2200 Telavi, Georgia
Tel: (+995 350) 27 08 72 / (+995) 577 00 20 92
63 Parnavaz Mepis Str.
6010 Batumi, Georgia
Tel: (+995 577) 52 00 15 / (+995 422) 22 88 83 83
101 Ninoshvili Str.
4400 Poti, Georgia
Tel: (+995 493) 22 58 18