STREAMinG: Strengthening Development Impact of Migration in Georgia

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Duty Stations
Tbilisi, Georgia
January 2022 to August 2023
European Union (EU Resilience Facility for Georgia under the Annual Action Programme for Georgia (AAP) 2020) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
State Commission on Migration Issues of Georgia
Implementing Agency

The “Strengthening Development Impact of Migration in Georgia” (STREAMinG) project was funded by the European Union under the EU Resilience Facility for Georgia under the Annual Action Programme for Georgia (AAP) 2020) and the Swill Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The project was broadly built on the successful results of previous ICMPD projects, including the EU-funded “Enhancing Georgia’s Migration Management” (ENIGMMA) and “Sustaining Migration Management in Georgia” (ENIGMMA 2) projects, both supporting the Government of Georgia in (1) implementation of the migration-related VLAP areas and (2) maintaining and enhancing mobility and people-to-people contacts between the EU and Georgia. 

The STREAMinG project was implemented by ICMPD in close cooperation with the State Commission on Migration Issues (SCMI) of Georgia from January 2022 to August 2023.

The overall objective of this programme was to contribute to strengthening the positive impact of migration on the development of Georgia by mainstreaming migration into development processes and by empowering civil society actors to participate in migration policy debates. The project consisted of the following components:

Component 1 focused on Unlocking the Potential of Migration for Development in Georgia (cross-cutting approach), through the support for maximising of the positive effects of migration for the multi-sectoral development in Georgia with the involvement of 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 aimed at Advancing Capacity Development on Migration focusing on capacity development and the educational measures on migration. The ultimate goal of the actions envisaged under this component was 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 in research and forecasting the 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 aimed to contribute to the Empowerment of the Civil Society in Georgia to Participate in Migration Agenda (CSO Facility): through the establishment of the Civil Society Facility (CSF) on migration and development, tasked with the engagement of civil society organisations in Tbilisi and also other regions of Georgia into the dialogue on the potential of migration and mobility, to contribute to the development processes in the country. Moreover, the CSF was designed to further advance the capacities of CSOs to contribute actively to maximising the impact of migration on development in Georgia. The proposed action also gathered on board well-established and experienced CSOs already actively involved in the field of migration and established in different regions of Georgia with greater trust among the local population.