Thematic Working Groups
To further activate the Commission's work in different directions, inside the SCMI thematic groups have been set up.
Working Group on Statelessness
The Working Group on Statelessness was set up on 25 February 2011. Its activities are primarily directed at elaborating legislative mechanisms and providing recommendations to the State Commission on Migration Issues with a view to reducing statelessness in Georgia. The Group is coordinated by the Public Service Development Agency under the Ministry of Justice.
Working Group for Consolidation of Reintegration Activities
The Working Group for Consolidation of Reintegration Activities was set up on 25 February 2011 for better coordination and effective decision-making in the field of reintegration of returned migrants. It is an internal platform to discuss the issues related to reintegration aimed at assisting the process and preparing relevant proposals / recommendations to the State Commission on Migration Issues.
The Group is coordinated by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia.
Working Group on Migration Strategy
With Georgia's increased participation in international processes related to migration and with setting up the State Commission on Migration Issues, a demand for the Migration Strategy came to the forefront. For this purpose, a Working Group on Migration Strategy was set up on May 19, 2011 coordinated by the Public Service Development Agency under the Ministry of Justice.
The Working Group, jointly with partners, developed the 2013-2015 Migration Strategy of Georgia, which was adopted by the Governmental Ordinance No.59 on March 15, 2013. Simultaneously, the work on the Action Plan continued and it was approved by the State Commission on Migration Issues in June 2013.
Once the term of the Migration Strategy 2013-2015 expired, the demand for the new strategy (2016-2020) envisaged as well by the Visa Liberalization Action Plan has put the issue high on the agenda. Working on the new migration strategy was commenced in December 2014, and the Working Group was extended by involving, along with Commission member state authorities, the representatives of the Public Defender’s Office, the National Bank and the State Security and Crisis Management Councils.
The Migration Strategy of Georgia 2016-2020 was adopted by the Governmental Ordinance # 622 of December 14, 2015.
Working Group for setting up a Unified Migration Analytical System
Collection and proper analysis of migration data is a key to the process of good policy planning and informed decision-making in the field of migration.
Hence, at its sitting of February 7, 2014 the State Commission on Migration Issues renewed the composition of the Working Group responsible for setting up a Unified Migration Analytical System and defined new directions for the Group's activities. The Group is coordinated by the Public Service Development Agency under the Ministry of Justice.
In the framework of the EU-funded “More for More” programme and together with partner international organizations (International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), the Working Group is actively working on developing the analytical system.
Working Group on Migration Risk Analysis
Given the socio-economic and political processes in the region, development and further improvement of the Migration Risk Analysis System is one of the priorities of Georgian state.
A Working Group on Migration Risk Analysis was created in September 2015, aimed at creating a sound system for conducting a comprehensive analysis of migration related risks in the country. The Group is coordinated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
Working Group on Aliens’ Integration
The Working Group on Aliens’ Integration was set up on March 25, 2016. The main focus of the Group is to develop and refine the policy on integration of aliens legally residing in Georgia as well as study the needs and develop respective recommendations / legislative amendments in order to institutionalize the integration-focused activities. The Group is coordinated by the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.
Working Group on Migration and Development
The Working Group on Migration and Development was set on March 25, 2016 t. The main focus of the Group is to direct the potential of migration for country’s development that means harnessing diaspora’s investment potential, engaging emigrants and immigrants living abroad in the process of country’s advancement, as well as developing circular migration opportunities.
Since the Office of the State Minister for Diaspora Issues was dissolved and its functions have been assumed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Group is at present coordinated by the Secretariat of the State Commission on Migration Issues (Ministry of Justice) together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. The said Agency will assume the coordination function completely from 1st June 2017.
The setting up of the Group was necessitated by the complex tasks outlined in the Migration Strategy 2016-2020 requiring proper coordination between the state and other relevant entities. It is noteworthy that migration and development has for the first time been reflected at the national strategic document and, coupled with increasing interest from the side of international organizations, its successful advancement will undoubtedly contribute to country’s further development.
The Working Group for Migration and Development actively worked on the migration related part of the Demographic Security Concept of Georgia, where the development potential and opportunities created by migration were reflected. The Demographic Security Concept was adopted by the Georgian parliament on 24 June 2016.