Monitoring of Joint Return Operation
On May 10, 2017, employees of the Department for Prevention and Monitoring of the Public Defender's Office carried out monitoring of the joint return operation of migrants. The employees of the Department left Tbilisi airport for the airports of German city of Düsseldorf and Greek capital Athens, where they attended the return of 56 Georgian citizens from the European countries.
The migrants were handed over to the escort of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia on board by border police officers of Germany and Greece (in Dusseldorf and Athens). The process was coordinated by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union FRONTEX.
The process of checking and travelling was monitored non-stop. No incident has taken place and no force or special means were used during the return operation. However, there were a few gaps. In particular, migrants still were not informed of the exact date of arrival in Georgia. Telephone communication with family members was also problematic.
It should be noted that like the previous monitoring, the migrants were allowed to use phones only after the representatives of the Department of Prevention and Monitoring of the Public Defender's Office notified the FRONTEX representatives of the problem.