The Government of Georgia has been working to increase its ties to the European Union in recent years, and, in particular, working to allow visa free travel to the EU for its citizens. However for these rights to be granted, the Georgian Government first had to fulfil certain key criteria, including ensuring that it’s management of migration issues was suitably robust. A key part of this was ensuring that the Georgian public was aware of the rules governing migration to and from the EU, and that numerous government departments were able to explain the social and economic ramifications of migration more broadly.
The Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity (GEM) worked with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the Government of Georgia to develop a public outreach strategy and to undertake training for Georgian Government communications teams around migration.
Part of the Enhancing Georgia’s Migration Management (ENIGMMA) project.
The project helped to ensure that the EU supported Georgia’s application for visa free travel in the EU, and Georgian citizens have now been granted the right to travel without visas in the Schengen area.