Strengthening the development potential of the EU Mobility Partnership in Georgia through targeted circular migration and Diaspora mobilization

General infromation

Project: Strengthening the development potential of the EU Mobility Partnership in Georgia through targeted circular migration and Diaspora mobilization.

Status: In progress

Date: 2013-2016.

Donor: European Union, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Budget: 189,500 euros

Partners: Public Service Development Agency (Ministry of Justice of Georgia), the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), Georgian Small & Medium Enterprises Association (GSMEA).

Main objective:

 

Strengthening Georgia’s capacities within the EU Mobility Partnership initiative to benefit migrants, country of origin and country of destination. Moreover, the project aims at identifying guidelines and good practices for replication for other initiatives under the EU Mobility Partnership.

Main components of the project:

    • Supporting state entities and the State Commission on Migration Issues in drawing up a development-oriented and migrant-centered migration policy, facilitating transfers of migrants and preventing brain drain;
    • Testing a pilot scheme on circular migration that matches Georgia’s and Germany’s needs, in particular, through selecting and training 40 Georgian professionals and offering them the employment and retraining in Germany;
    • Mobilizing Diaspora for return, employment and start-ups (through encouraging 45 returning experts trained in Germany to return to Georgia, including supporting 10 start-ups);
    • Identifying best-practices and guidelines for replication of the action.

Expected results

Successful implementation of project will enhance capacity of state entities to better apply the development potential of the EU Mobility Partnership in Georgia; to draw up development-oriented labor migration policy. Experience obtained through the implementation of circular migration pilot scheme will allow to work out sustainable labor migration schemes with EU countries, benefitting Georgia’s social and economic development.

 

Through Diaspora mobilization activities envisaged under the project, Germany will be supplied with the information about the situation on the Georgian labor market and start up opportunities in Georgia. As a result, the return of up to 35 representatives of Diaspora and their employment in Georgia as well as establishment of up to 10 small or medium enterprises will be supported.

 

One of the objectives of the project is to monitor and analyze pilot schemes of circular migration and diaspora mobilization, which will allow to identify lessons learned and good practices and draw up corresponding recommendations for other projects or initiatives under the Mobility Partnership.