A series of surveys on attitudes towards Meshketians in Georgia are now online. The surveys are published by ECMI Caucasus in the volume Public attitudes and Integration of Meskhetians in Georgia.
The commitment of the Georgian state to repatriate the deported Meskhetian population after 68 years in exile has had a mixed response from the Georgian public. Although only a few retain the memories of living together before 1944, there are currently many stories and retellings of perceptions of each other in certain regions of Georgia.
Three surveys have now been issued by the ECMI Caucasus and the authors and researchers George Tarkhan-Mouravi and Professor Ketevan Khutsishvili from the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
The surveys uncover the state of mind and the emotions related to the repatriation. According to the introduction of the volume, the surveys have one added value. They are uncovering trends and possible directions of awareness raising among the Georgian population. Obviously, there is a gap in people’s knowledge about the repatriation process, the culture, traditions and history of the deported people who once lived compactly in the territory of Georgia.
The surveys cover three main areas of attitudes: the opinions and perceptions of the general population with regards to the repatriation issue, the attitudes of the local population with regards to the Meskhetians that repatriated themselves throughout a period of several years and who now live in Georgia, and finally the attitudes of the Meskhetian communities in Georgia towards their integration.
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The surveys were conducted within the framework of the EU-funded project “Supporting the repatriation of persons deported from Georgia in the 1940s and their descendants” implemented between 2010 and 2012 in collaboration with ACF Action Against Hunger, Georgia.
Confer also: www.repatriation.ge
PHOTOS: Temo Bardzimashvili.