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Georgians flee Saakashvili’s “democracy”2009-08-14 21:52
A new flow of refugees from Georgia is reported by the Federal Migration Service of Russia and the Border Committee of Belarus. People are fleeing Georgia. Some because of economic disorder wishing to improve their material situation, others - to escape political persecution. But foreigners don't give a hearty welcome to illegal aliens from Georgia.
A 37-year-old Georgian made his way from Ukraine to Belarus on foot to surrender to border guards at Mokrany checkpoint asking for political asylum, Belarus media reported with reference to the State Border Committee of the republic. As specified for BelaPAN over the recent time the flow of Georgian citizens crossing the Byelorussian border has increased. These people try to get to Europe legally or illegally. Over the last month, more than 1200 Georgian citizens legally left for Poland on the Brest Border Group section. According to the Polish statistics only a half of them were received. Did the rest of them move further? Apparently not all.
On Thursday 20 Georgians revealed themselves in a Polish refugee camp in Byala-Podlyaska town. They locked themselves up announcing a hunger strike, RIA Novosti reported. These Georgians should be deported home but before that they were sent to the near-border refugee camp. The reason for protest was alleged ill-treatment by Polish border guards. However according to the Border Service the reasons are different: migrants want to accelerate consideration of their cases by Polish authorities and be granted a refugee status in Poland.
Presently there are few Georgians going to Russia due to the breakdown of diplomatic relations between the two countries after Georgia's aggression against South Ossetia last year. But speaking not about the total number of tradesmen, workers or even criminals, but Georgian refugees, their number has increased lately. "Now the flow of refugees has increased with more Georgian citizens coming in because of persecutions by Georgian authorities, not the economic situation", - Deputy Head of the Federal Migration Service Ekaterina Egorova stated. According to her "these are hundreds of people". They just ask for a refugee status because the political immigrant procedure is very complicated.
Since 2007 the rise in emigration has been registered in Georgia. Before that there was a four-year demographic growth due to repatriation of Georgians including those deported from Russia in 2006 and illegal aliens. At that time the number of come-backs exceeded move-ins.
Big hopes were set on the new government then, Business Georgia remarks.