Monitoring of Joint Return Operation of Georgia Citizens from EU Countries

On December 12, 2017, representatives of the Department of Prevention and Monitoring of the Public Defender's Office carried out monitoring of the joint return operation of 58 Georgian citizens residing on the territory of the EU countries without permission.

The Georgian citizens were transferred to the escort of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia by border police officers of Germany and Greece (in Dusseldorf and Athens) on board. 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.

No incident has taken place during the flight. It should be praised that by the decision of the doctor of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, a Georgian citizen with cardiovascular problems was not allowed to travel due to failure of the German side to present necessary documents to confirm that the person was able to travel.

It should also be praised that the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia meets the returned citizens at the airport, talks with them and provides temporary accommodation for them, while persons with special needs are referred to various programs. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that on December 12, the returned citizens were not met by representatives of the Ministry at Tbilisi International Airport, which affected the quality of the organization of the process. It is true that in the end, the migrants were provided with housing, but it is advisable to take additional measures to increase the quality of organization and quickness of the process.

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