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Tbilisi in search of money2010-02-27 22:34
One of the theses of yesterday's speech delivered by President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili in the parliament goes as follows: the emigrants are returning to Georgia. The statement sounds doubtful, considering the fact that the statistics on migration is rather disputable. It is not only the Georgian experts that are talking about it; the Statistics Department does not provide any data as well. The president's statement rather resembles an auto-training session. One of these days, the officials expressed hope to get billions of investments from their former fellow countrymen. As to Mikhail Nikolaevitch, he stated that the authorities are going to announce discounts on real estate
property in order to attract the capital of the Georgian expatriate community. So far, the representatives of the construction companies do not say anything about the boom of accommodations acquisition by the former fellow countrymen.
However, this factor does not embarrass Mikhail Nikolaevitch. Delivering a speech in the parliament, he said that there are much more people who return to the country than those who leave for other countries, as GHN reports. It is not only the Georgians who come back; according to Saakashvili, the "presence of the Georgians" is also increasing: the president referred to the Banders, a family with three kids which has moved from America to Georgia. It is obvious that some of the businessmen from the far-abroad countries are taking stock of the business environment in Georgia; however, time will show whether their business projects are going to be a success.
As to the returning of the fellow countrymen to their native country, that is rather a problem. At least, one can make such a conclusion after the recent communication made by the association of the Georgian employers. According to the Georgian News agency, on February 8 the state minister's office reported that 150 emigrants are going to be employed. For that purpose, Georgia receives financial assistance from EU to the amount of 98 thousand euros. According to the information provided by the official website of the Georgian Employers Association (GEA), the purpose of the project is to help employ the refugees and migrants who have returned to Georgia. The project is going to be realized by the Georgian Employers Association (GEA). The statement disseminated by the organization goes as follows:
"Unfortunately, there is no official statistics of the migration dynamics, as well as any official data on the qualification and knowledge of the returning Georgian migrants which might ensure their focused employment". How can one talk about the Georgian natives returning home if no migration data is available?
It should also be noted that according to official data, there are about 1.600.000 Georgian citizens residing abroad. According to the New Region periodical, they were forced to go abroad because of the high unemployment level and the over-restricted scale of the Georgian market. Most of them work and carry on business in Russia, Ukraine, the USA, Germany, Greece, Israel, Austria, France, Spain, Great Britain, Turkey and a number of other world countries. According to the experts' appraisal, their annual infusions into the country economy amount to USD 1.000.000.000. Basically, these means come in the form of financial assistance provided to the relatives who stayed in Georgia. After that, the major share of these means leaves the country again.