In order to facilitate further involvement of Georgian diaspora in country’s development processes, and ensure achievement of greater impact of diaspora engagement, the Government of Georgia in close cooperation with ICMPD continues formation of diaspora engagement mechanisms.
The overall objective of this programme is to contribute to increasing the positive impact of migration on development of Georgia by mainstreaming migration into development processes and by empowering civil society actors to participate in migration policy debates.
Component 1 – Unlocking the Potential of Migration for Development in Georgia (cross-cutting approach): supports maximizing the positive effects of migration for the multi-sectoral development in Georgia by involving its diaspora members in various processes necessary for further advancement and progression of their home country; strengthening evidence-based approach for labour migration management; and informing and sustaining the awareness of population on visa-free travel rules, obligations and consequences of non-compliance.
Component 2 – Advancing Capacity Development on Migration: focuses on the capacity development and the educational measures on migration. The ultimate goal of the actions envisaged under this component is to equip Georgian state institutions working in the field of migration with theoretical knowledge and practical skills for mainstreaming migration-related priorities and matters into the development and implementation of migration policies as well as researching and forecasting migration processes. Putting a strong emphasis on migration education and on advancing the capacities of stakeholders has been a focus of multiple EU-funded actions, successfully implemented by ICMPD.
Component 3 – Empowering Civil Society in Georgia to Participate in Migration Agenda (CSO Facility): is designed to establish a Civil Society Facility (CSF) on migration and development, which aims to engage civil society organizations in Tbilisi and in other areas of Georgia into a dialogue on the potential of migration and mobility to contribute to the development processes in the country. Moreover, the CSF aims to further advance the capacities of CSOs in order for them to actively contribute to maximizing the impact of migration on development in Georgia. The proposed action seeks to cooperate with well-established and experienced CSOs that are already actively involved in the field of migration; however, the main focus is on organizations located mainly in the regions of Georgia that have trust from local populations; however, they are not familiar with migration related topics and are not aware of potential migration impact on local development.