Each year, thousands of people driven by poverty and other problems in their home countries move to other countries to get better lives and help their families
According to the IOM World Migration Report 2020, some 272 million persons now live in a different country than the one they were born in. Nearly two thirds are labour migrants.
Liana left for Greece in 2012 leaving back her family and her children. Her career in Georgia as a nurse enabled her to get a job fast in a new place. She was caring for elderly persons. She ended up staying in Greece for 8 years. Liana is grateful to Greek people for opening their doors to her and giving her an opportunity to support her family and pay off debts.
In 2018 Liana had to return to Georgia after her father was taken ill. She returned home with IOM’s support and restarted cattle-breeding business. She was provided with entrepreneurship skills training and cash assistance to make a decent income.
Liana is not planning to go back to Greece for work any time soon. She is happy to be back home and look after her father and grandchildren.
Since 2003, 18,163 Georgian nationals have returned to Georgia with IOM’s support from 32 countries, most EU Member States and Switzerland. Among them, 5500 cases (including 7085 persons) received one or more types of post-arrival assistance. Among them 2196 cases (2420 persons) were returnees from Greece.