Georgia Mission Overview
IOM has been present in Georgia since 1993. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, IOM has assisted the Government of Georgia in developing an effective migration management system providing comprehensive response to evolving migration challenges in line with international standards. IOM has transferred experience in the fields of emergencies and post-crisis response, migration and health, immigration and border management, preventing and combatting human trafficking and smuggling, migrants' protection and assistance, labour migration and human development, migration policy and research and provided capacity building for all migration related structures. IOM Georgia operates through the central office in Tbilisi and four field offices in Batumi, Kutaisi, Poti and Telavi.
IOM has been working with the Government of Georgia towards promotion of migration governance in line with international standards, based on rule of law and migrants' rights. Under the coordination of the State Commission on Migration Issues (SCMI), IOM supports the implementation of the National Migration Strategy. For this purpose IOM has fostered cooperation at regional and international levels. Working closely with the SCMI and other Governmental stakeholders, IOM contributes to the implementation of the Georgia-EU Association Agreement and supports Georgia in maintining its visa-free regime with the EU through a range of migration management cooperation schemes. Throughout its work and cooperation in Georgia IOM promotes the implementation of GCM, which was endorsed by the Georgian Government in December 2018. As part of the UN Country Team in Georgia IOM actively promotes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and supports the SDG implementation efforts.