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Georgian dream of returning to homeland

2013-05-02 12:09

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The change of power in Georgia has sparked euphoria among many citizens of the country. People began to believe in the imminent positive change. Everyone was sure in getting a big chunk of "Georgian Dream." This is not just a flash of hope among those living in the country. Georgian emigrants also got a hope for some prospects. After the parliamentary election many of them started returning home. But do they see any prospects of living here? Will they stay in Georgia?


Jacob is one of the many young Georgians who left the country many years ago. The desire to get a good education, youthful ambition and hope to find place under the sun brought him to Germany.

"For the first time I went to Germany under the curriculum "AU-PIAR." Almost immediately I started working since I had no one to rely. I had to combine work with study. In the afternoon I attended lectures, and at night, from midnight to 6 am I cleaned gas ovens in the restaurant McDonalds. By the morning everything was to shine. I slept very little, 2-3 hours a day. Eventually, instead of big money I earned neurosis. I returned to Georgia after 10 years. My friends were surprised at my decision to return. All of them unanimously advised me to go back since I failed to find job here. Besides that I went crazy because of the ubiquity of bureaucracy. Finally I had to return to Germany to the gas ovens. And just recently I came back again, this time with more hope. But if nothing changes, I go away and never come back. I have noticed that only non-governmental agencies were really working, but it is only a drop in the bucket," bitterly tells Jacob.

"As soon as the power changed, we breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, we can go back home. We can find jobs and decent life. However, the government has created diabolical conditions, so I'd better watch the part. I can always make a choice," says Lery Phakadze living in Brussels.

Jacob and Lery are no exception to the general rule. The exceptions are those who have managed to settle in a foreign country. In the era of the globalization the international migration is becoming more widespread. In this respect, Georgia is no exception. It's hard to say exactly how many Georgians have left the country over the past two decades. Many were leaving in search of happiness, work, or simply a chance to survive. It is impossible to say how many of them there are abroad due to inaccurate statistics of so-called illegal immigrants. But the expatriates are in no hurry to return home.

While the number of overseas bank transfers shows the growth of emigration. Over the years, only the reason that causes the migration process has changed. While in the 20th century, the people were driven largely by ethnic conflict, in the 21st, the migration is caused by a more prosaic problem - unemployment.

"I left Georgia 7 years ago. I left my two-year-old child with mother and went to Greece with the borrowed money. I went illegally, of course. First I rode by bus and then I had to go on foot through the woods ... It is terrible to remember. I got job of a maid in one family. My mistress was a good woman, she bought gifts for my daughter. It was hard to live abroad, work is not constant, and when I was without work, I had to spend savings. Now I have a "red paper" and can freely move around the city. I came to Georgia not for a long time, I'm not going to stay here. How will I survive here?" says a 29-year-old Sofo.

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