Georgia: Donors prolong support to returning Meskhetians

ECMI Organizational - European Centre for Minority IssuesThe OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and the US Mission to the OSCE jointly support further processing of Meskhetian repatriation applications.

A new three months contribution makes it possible for ECMI Caucasus to support The Repatriation Unit of Georgia’s Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees and Accommodation (MRA) in further reviewing of applications from the Meskhetian communities in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

Another purpose of the support to the MRA is to help finalizing the government’s repatriation strategy which will give the repatriates concrete guidelines on resettlement in Georgia.

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

A group of three elder members of Georgia’s Meskhetian community form the Council of Elders. They are from the time or close to the time of deportation.

On behalf of the MRA, the Council of Elders verifies papers and documents, deportation evidence, to give clearance to the applications. It is expected that until the end of 2013, 400 applications will be put forward for repatriate status. It brings the total number of issued statuses to 1600.

The first photo shows a wagon set in Vale from where the deportation of 100.000 Meskhetians took place in November 1944. PHOTOS: Temo Bardzimashvili.

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