A visa-free travel between
Georgia and the European Union has
entered into force on March 28, 2016. Over the past 3 years 600,000 citizens of
Georgia have enjoyed it but, as expected, problems also arisen.
A representative of Georgia in the EU Natalia
Sabanadze says that some countries are concerned about the increase in the
number of asylum requests by Georgian citizens – including Germany, France and Sweden.
“Georgia is considered a
safe country and at least 99% of
requests for asylum are rejected. Georgia was officially recognized safe by
Belgium, Denmark, Bulgaria, Iceland, France, Holland, and Germany will do it in
the near future. There are no political persecutions in Georgia, torture in
prisons, basic human rights are protected and there are no reasons for seeking asylum. The
economic situation and unemployment are not considered by the European Union as sufficient reasons
for political asylum, ”she says.
According to EU
Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Georgian
citizens have no chance of obtaining asylum in Europe.
“Asylum requests are
groundless. All citizens of Georgia should understand that they will not be
able to get asylum, since Georgia is a safe country, otherwise it wouldn’t have
been granted a visa-free travel with the
EU, ”he said.
number of asylum requests in the EU increased by 21% in January 2019 compared with December 2018, and by 9% more than in January 2018 and
amounted to 58,609. Georgia is ranked 9th and is included in the top ten countries.
Ahead of Georgia are Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Albania
and Venezuela. The tenth is Nigeria.
of January, the number of Georgian citizens seeking
in the EU made 2,412, in 2018 - 17,890.