The FINANCIAL — The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has organised a training course in Tbilisi for Georgian state prosecutors on the smuggling of migrants, as part of its EU-funded ‘More for More’ project, aimed at reinforcing the capacities of the Georgian government in border and migration management.
The two-day training course this week brought together state prosecutors as well as representatives of the Border Police, Patrol Police, Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Georgian Revenue Service, according to EU Neighbourhood Info.
Subjects discussed included the Georgian legal framework, prosecutions for illegal border crossing, distinguishing between smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons and the current European challenges in dealing with people smuggling from Turkey and across the Mediterranean. Case studies were included to make the necessary connection between migrant smuggling and organized crime.
The EU has a strategic partnership with the IOM, based on a shared interest in bringing the benefits of well-managed international migration to migrants and society. It also serves as a basis for exchange, development and structuring of the relationship between the EU and IOM. In the Neighbourhood East, common projects include developing effective readmission mechanisms in the South Caucasus and supporting the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum.