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Diaspora Day to be celebrated tomorrow2010-05-26 17:39
Tomorrow, on May 27th, Diaspora day, introduced on May 27th 2007 on the initiative of President Saakashvili, will be celebrated.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Representatives of Georgian diaspora are coming from France, the USA, Italy, Spain, Rusisa, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Belgium, Japan, Armenia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Israel, Turkey, Canada, Austria, Iran, Sweden.
Among them is a 103-year old Alexander Bestavashvili, resident of Great Britain, awarded with the Shining order by the President, before the military parade.
The State Minister foe Diasporas, Mirza [Papuna] Davitaya called the celebration of this day a "good tradition." - Novosti-Gruzia.
"In various periods of history, for positive and negative reasons Georgian diaspora dispersed around the world... Our aim is not to lose relations with our compatriots. I myself lived abroad and know the mood of diaspora. I know that the contact with Motherland is a wish of every of you...", the State Minister said
According to experts' estimations, about 1.6 mln Georgians live abroad.
Most part of them - in Russia: about 800 000. Two hundred thousand reside in Ukraine, 150 000- in turkey and Greece each; 80 000 - in Israel; 70 000 - in the USA; 35 000 - in Iran; 30 000 - in Spain; 25 000 - in Germany; 20 000 - in France and Belgium each; 5 000 - in Italy.