STREAMinG - Phase 2: Strengthening Development Impact of Migration in Georgia

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September 2023 to July 2025
European Union
State Commission on Migration Issues of Georgia

The overall objective of this programme is to contribute to increasing 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. 

COMPONENT 1 – Unlocking the Potential of Migration for Development in Georgia (Cross-Cutting Approach): The component is directed towards strengthening the impact of migration on further advancement of the multi-sectoral development in Georgia. In addition, Component 1 envisages facilitating regular migration pathways through developing and implementing targeted information campaigns on the rights and obligations of visa-free travel and the consequences of non-compliance. The targeted information campaigns should focus on addressing the root causes of migration, connecting them with the regular migration prospects and opportunities as well as awareness raising on return and reintegration and prevention of THB and irregular migration. Furthermore, this component is focused on promoting networks between Georgian and EU migration education and research experts and young professionals with the aim to build up a substantial knowledge base on migration in academic circles and promoting evidence-based migration policy development. 

COMPONENT 2 – Advancing Migration Management (Capacity Development Academy): 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. By investing in capacity development, the project aims to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of key stakeholders involved in migration management. This, in turn, contributes to the effective implementation of policies and measures addressing irregular migration and THB, the establishment of well-regulated regular migration systems, and the facilitation of labour migration and the reintegration of returned migrants. 

COMPONENT 3 – Empowering Civil Society in Georgia to Participate in the Migration Policy Debate (Civil Society Facility): The Civil Society Facility (CSF) seeks to involve civil society organizations in Tbilisi and across Georgia in a debate about how migration and mobility impacts the country's development processes. To that end, the CSF strives to expand CSO networking, communication, and monitoring capacities, allowing civil society to actively participate in maximizing the positive impact of migration on Georgian development.  Moreover, the proposed action embraces a rights-based approach to migration management, in which civil society serves as an important interlocutor for long-term solutions in the field, by providing direct assistance to rights holders (migrants, returnees, migrants' families, and local communities), and second, by addressing duty bearers (Government bodies).