ECMI builds capacity among Georgia’s Meskhetians

Meskhetian repatriatesCommunities in four settlements of Georgia have received training and information through spring 2013. The goal is repatriation and integration of the Meskhetians.

Read also: Three grants ensure ECMI’s commitment to the Meskhetian repatriation process

Tsitelubani, Nasakirali, Ianeti, and Akhaltsikhe are the settlements that have benefited from the training and information endeavors of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Caucasus so far. The courses took place through the first half of 2013.

The trainings covered the following topics:

  • Legalizing the residency in Georgia, steps and documentation for registration, required by the Civil Registry Agency;
  • Purchase and registration of a house, a land plot, livestock and agricultural equipment;
  • Health care – private and public insurance;
  • Education – registering children at kindergarten, school, vocational training and higher educational facilities;
  • Georgian language training opportunities;
  • Employment agency and economic opportunities;
  • Gender related opportunities and women’s rights in Georgia;
  • Assistance to persons with disabilities

Building bridges for the Meskhetians

The objective of this ECMI Caucasus activity is to provide trainings to the local Meskhetian communities. By means of trainings in integration and in adaptation skills, the community will function as a resource and bridge for more repatriates.

Dissemination of information is included in the activity. The target groups in this case are the new Meskhetian seekers of repatriation.

ECMI Caucasus has also endeavored to inform the local communities that are presently cohabitating with Meskhetians in Georgia, just as the Georgian society as whole and relevant stakeholders have been targets of information about the latest developments and issues of repatriation and integration.

Info material made available

A set of brochures were produced in Georgian and in Azerbaijani languages for easy access to correct information provided to the persons with repatriation status.

Brochures have already been distributed among Meskhetian communities in Georgia, in Azerbaijan and among relevant ministries related to repatriation issues in Georgia.

Living in Georgia (in Georgian and Azerbaijani)
Women’s rights in Georgia (in Georgian and Azerbaijani)
Assistance to Disabled People (in Georgian and Azerbaijani)


All the upon mentioned activities were possible due to a US Taft Grant.

Women’s rights in Georgia brochure

Women’s rights in Georgia says the frontpage of this brochure; one out of three information brochures created by the ECMI Caucasus to guide the Meskhetian repatriates.



One Response to ECMI builds capacity among Georgia’s Meskhetians

  1. Another two-days training took place in Bakuriani on 14-15/9. Youth representatives from Meskhetian communities in Ianeti, Nasakirali, Tsitelubani, Vale, Akhaltsikhe and Tbilisi took part. The training had the title “Educational and Community Development Possibilities”. A special training module for Meskhetian youth was elaborated by Ms Tea Lobjanidze who was hired as a trainer via “Consulting and Training Centre” (CTC).
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