BUDAPEST PROCESS SECRETARIAT - INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR MIGRATION POLICY DEVELOPMENT

Georgia shares migration management experience with the Silk Routes countries

During a three day study visit to Georgia, government officials from Afghanistan and Iraq visited over 11 government and non-governmental institutions involved in Georgia’s migration management apparatus. Organised by the Secretariat of the State Commission for Migration Issues (SCMI), the Silk Routes partners had the chance to draw ideas from Georgia’s development in the area of inter-agency cooperation, led by the SCMI, development of legislation, policy and action plans, management of IDPs, refugees, returnees and victims of trafficking and international cooperation, especially regarding the process of visa liberalisation with the European Union.

Georgia’s government officials were especially happy to be sharing their experience now with their Silk Routes counterparts as they have been participating in similar activities in recent years, drawing inspiration from other countries in view of developing their current migration management system.

This study visit took place in the framework of the project “Support to the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration under the Budapest Process”, funded by the European Union and co-funded by Bulgaria, Hungary (lead), Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom with ICMPD as main implementing partner.