Sustainable Reintegration after Voluntary Return
Project Goal: to improve the chances on a successful reintegration of the migrants returned from Belgium.
The project renders material support to Georgian migrants, who voluntarily decide to return back to their home-country – Georgia. Through the project the returnees are provided with practical possibilities for reintegration and by offering housing, vocational training and courses, help in finding a school, a job, medical help, information, mediation with the authorities, provision of necessary documentation; to develop a relationship based on trust with returnees, providing information and assistance; to assist people after their return for one year and even longer if necessary.
Contact and meet returnees from Belgium in Georgia,
Provide social consultancy and assess their needs,
Assist returnees in their housing problems,
Provide medical, social, psychological and legal assistance,
Provide opportunities for vocational trainings,
Provide opportunities for professional reorientation trainings,
Assist the returnees in their search for the jobs, assist children in their trainings.
Migration from Georgia is a widespread phenomenon. The figures available indicate that at least 20% of the population has migrated from Georgia in the last ten years. The main reasons for migration are unemployment, socio-economic and living conditions in the country. In some cases there were also political reasons. Tenth of thousands people left the country in the past ten years. Some individuals and families have less information about the life and situation in Europe and they still cherish the hope expecting to find jobs, relatively better living conditions and social protection in foreign countries. In European Union countries and especially in Belgium more and more attention is being focused on the concept of voluntary return.
Caritas Georgia within the wide range of the Development Program is dealing with Migration issues as internally (Projects for Internally Displaced Persons /IDPs from the occupied territories of Georgia and Prevention of Migration), so externally, in Cooperation with European Partners, in the field of Reintegration of Returnees to Georgia from different European Countries.
Caritas Georgia has been conducting Re-Integration and Voluntary Return activities since March, 2006 up to the present days in partnership with Caritas International Belgium, also since June 2006 up to July 2011 – with Maatwerk, Cordaid, The Netherlands. The year 2011 Caritas Georgia first time collaborated with Caritas Bulgaria (Caritas Sofia) in the frame of the Voluntary Return Program, funded by European Return Fund.
Since September of 2016 Caritas Georgia started new project: Project of reintegration of voluntary returnees from Belgium and Germany. The project is implemented in cooperation with “Caritas Belgium” and organization “Micado” (Germany) and supported by the “European Union Fund”, Temporary Asylum Seekers State Agencies of Belgium and Germany. The project offers financial assistance to the migrants from Georgia, who decide to return voluntarily to the country of origin.
The project started in March of 2006
Number of Beneficiaries: 239
2007 – 3 cases
2008 – 8 cases
2009 – 5 cases
2010 – 19 cases
2011 – 19 cases
2012 – 20 cases (21 returnee)
2013 – 24 cases (43 returnee)
2014 – 31 cases (36 returnee)
2015 – 35 cases (44 returnee)
2016 – 41 case by October 2016
Project Partners: “Fedasil” (Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers) through Caritas International Belgium
Project Location: Nutsubidze Pl. II, 3a Jgenti str. 0183 Tbilisi, Georgia
Project Coordinator: Ms. Tata Topadze
Nutsubidze Pl. II, 3a Jgenti str.
0183 Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel./Fax: (+995 32) 221 78 19
Mobile: (+995 591) 22 34 19