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Negotiations underway with Three EU Countries for Legal Employment for Georgian Citizens

For successful regulation and management of labor migration, Georgian Ministry of Heath and Social Protection and International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed a memorandum. The document was signed by Deputy Health Minister Tamila Barkalaia and Ilia Derilova, head of IOM Georgian mission.

“This cooperation will regulate labor migration from Georgia within legislation; As a result, illegal employment risks in foreign countries will be reduced. Labor and social rights of labor migrants will be protected. Economic ties between Georgia and host countries will be deepened. Demographic and social-psychological problems from illegal long labor migration will be alleviated. Having returned to homeland, labor migrants will be able to better use professional knowledge and organizational skills to foster domestic business development and ergonomic progress in the country.

Commencement of mutual cooperation with EU countries in labor migration field will ensure maintaining visa-free regime and reduce probability of enforcement of the suspension mechanism.

At this stage, IOM and Georgian Ministry of Health have been cooperating as part of EU-funded project – Sustaining Border Management and Migration Governance in Georgia (SBMMG).

Objective of the cooperation is to develop the potential of the Ministry for cooperation in temporary labor migration field in a number of EU countries and promote legal employment of Georgian migrants in these countries”, the Ministry officials noted