Homelessness, Socially Vulnerable Population and Eco-migration Challenges in Adjara Region

On July 29, 2016, the Public Defender held a public debate on the topic - "Homelessness, socially vulnerable population and eco-migration challenges in the Adjara region." The public debate was moderated by Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili.

Tsiala Katamidze, Head of the Adjara Division of the Public Defender's Office, delivered a report and reviewed the causes of internal migration, problems of mothers of large families, issues of eco-migrants and homeless persons, as well as availability of social and health services in the mountainous regions.

Dali Kikava, Head of the Department of Disaster Victims of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, reviewed the efforts of the Adjara Government with regard to migration processes, emphasized the progress of the recent years related to eco-migrants and presented the Government’s action plan on the internal migration processes.

Konstantine Razmadze, Head of the Department of Eco-migration Issues of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees, spoke about the eco-migrants settled in Tsalka and problems related to statistics. He also reviewed the existing legal framework and expressed readiness for continuing efforts for its improvement.

Sophia Mikeladze, Head of the Health and Social Protection Service of the Batumi City Hall, presented analysis of the City Hall’s social and homelessness-oriented programs.

Gaps in the state policy on eco-migration, as well as alternatives, were reviewed by Archil Khakhutishvili, Executive Director of the Democracy Institute. He named inexistence of a unified state policy, problems related to statistical data and issuance of compensations as major challenges. He also talked about the causes of the so-called arbitrary intrusion into buildings and presented relevant recommendations.

Public debates are held on important issues on last Fridays of each month on the Public Defender’s initiative by the support from the EU project.


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