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Europe opens the borders, excluding the Georgian illegal aliens2009-08-27 22:35
In Brussels, Georgia and European Union have agreed upon the texts of the documents implying a simplified visa issue to the citizens of this South-Caucasian republic. The agreements are going to come into force after their signing scheduled by the end of the year. A no-delay opportunity to go to Europe will obviously make things much easier for the Georgians, as long as for many of them, earning money abroad is the only means of living. However, despite all the benefits, there are shortcomings as well. European Union has outlined the Georgian illegal aliens' return home (readmission).
On August 24-25, in Brussels, Georgia and EU have agreed upon the texts of agreements on readmission and visa regime facilitation, as the Georgian MFA reports. Tbilisi refers to this round of negotiations as to a "constructive" one, noting that "the agreements also consider the matters of priority of the Georgian party".
It should also be mentioned that the consultations on facilitating the visa regime started between Georgia and European Union on February, 17. This item is specified by the Eastern Partnership program and covers six of the post-Soviet republics: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belorussia, Georgia, Moldavia and Ukraine. The official Tbilisi regards the simplified visa regime almost as the "conquest of Europe".
However, according to GHN, in exchange for the visa regime facilitating agreement, Georgia had to give its consent to return home its citizens that are illegally staying the EU countries. This is the standard EU practice: signing an agreement on illegal aliens return together with the visa regime facilitating agreement. Well, there is a spoon of tar in a barrel of honey sometimes: the return of illegal aliens is a very painful procedure.
A scandal on the matter broke last week in Poland. The illegal migrants from Georgia arranged a protest action in the near-border camp in the town of Byala-Podlyaska being unable to obtain the status of a refugee that gives the right to legally stay and work in the territory of Poland. However, according to the Polish party, these Georgian citizens have violated the visa regime to get into the country, which fact prevents the problem from being settled.
"These citizens got into the Polish jurisdiction but, anyway, we have asked the Polish party to treat them with maximum care and not to use any force against them", - the Georgian Ambassador to Poland Kote Kavtaradze stated, as Trend reports. "MFA and the Georgian government will do everything they can to protect the rights of the Georgian citizens, although we have got less capabilities in the case with illegal aliens", - Paata Kalandadze confirms. As a result, the Georgian MFA has diffused a special statement, calling upon the Georgian citizens to keep from the illegal crossing of the foreign states' borders and illegal stay in the alien territory.
As the media reported, about 80 refugees from Georgia come to Poland every day. However, most of them go further to the West. According to the Polish authorities, the cases of the Georgian citizen's illegal intrusion in Poland have become more frequent. 12 Georgian illegal aliens have been recently deported from the neighboring Turkey. Last month, the Georgian MFA warned its citizens about stiffening measures against the illegal aliens in Greece.