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President Zourabichvili Meets with Representatives of Georgian Diaspora in Berlin

President Salome Zourabichvili met with representatives of the Georgian diaspora in Berlin, as part of her official visit to Germany.

In her address, President Zourabichvili summarized her foreign visits to Belgium, Afghanistan, France, and Germany. She highlighted the importance of foreign activities for a small country like Georgia. This is an opportunity for the Georgian Government to develop further cooperation with the country’s partners, she added.

“We need to use these opportunities to present and explain the country’s policy to the world, remind the world about Georgia, and voice key issues and the country’s needs. We have gone a long way towards the EU's integration. I never would have imagined that Georgia would have a visa-free regime with the European Union. Unfortunately, some Georgians misuse this benefit and asks for asylum in Europe but our partners are aware that the Georgian Government conducts information campaigns to solve this problem,” President Zourabichvili said.

She also discussed the challenges that members of the Georgian diaspora face. She introduced them to the opportunities that Georgia opens up for the diaspora members upon their return to the homeland. President Zourabichvili also underscored a circular migration policy that gives the Georgian citizens representing specific professions the right to legalize employment abroad for a certain period of time.

According to President Zourabichvili, agreement on circular migration has already been signed with France. Georgia endeavours to reach the same agreement with Germany, she said, and measures are already taken in this direction. Germans hope that this agreement will limit illegal migration, President Zourabichvili added.

At the meeting, she spoke about Georgia's EU accession, importance of the support that Georgia receives from partners, threats of spreading misinformation, dual citizenship issues and Georgia’s domestic policy.
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