«Enhancing the Role of Georgian Migrants at Home (ERGEM) Project Georgian Diaspora and Migrant Communities in Germany, Greece and Turkey Transnational ...»
The ERGEM project is implemented under the leadership of the DRC in cooperation with ICMPD by a consortium of project partners and associated partners which includes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, the Public Service Development Agency, the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, the Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues, the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Refugees and Accommodation of Georgia, and the Ministry of the Interior of Poland. The project is funded by the European Union Thematic Programme and co-funded by DRC and project partners. The project implementation started on April 16, 2013; the project lasts 18 months.
Note: In the following, the interviewer should introduce each topic (indicated by a header) with a conversational question. This way it should be possible to solicit a narrative from the respondents. The issues indicate information that ideally should be covered – but it is not necessary to cover each and every detail. Sub-questions are those that can be used as follow-up, depending on the answer of the primary question. The respondent will usually cover some of these points during the interview without being probed, but you may need to probe the respondent for some of the details. It is good to formulate any probes equally in conversational terms and to avoid suggesting answers to the respondents. Not all respondents equally understand what is going on at a particular point of their trajectory.
Pre-interview information, to be filled in by the researcher Interviewer should fill in this section before the interview.
Is the interviewee a representative of:
□ Georgian state institution working with diaspora/migration issues □ Is the interviewee a representative of Georgian consular offices in:
1.3 What are your personal general tasks at your job especially in regards to Georgian migrants?
1.4 To what extent are you dealing with Georgian migrants at your job?
1.5 What are your institutions interest/ objective in regard to Georgian migrants?
2. Informational capacity and support
INFORMATION2.1 What kind of information do you possess about Georgian migrants abroad?
2.1.1 What information do you already have on Georgian migrants? (Destination, origin, profile, reasons, work, family, studies, push and pull factors, etc.) 2.1.2 Do you systematically collect information on Georgians abroad?
2.2 What kind of information about Georgian migrants would be the most valuable for you to possess?
2.3 How do you collect information on Georgians abroad?
2.5. What are your suggestions for improving communication and cooperation between your institution and Georgians abroad?
2.6 Do you provide any assistance to Georgian migrants in the 3 destination countries?
2.6.1 What kind of assistance to you provide?
2.7. What kind of assistance do you provide to migrants upon their return to Georgia (information, counselling, financial, etc.)?
2.7.1 What are the main criteria for getting assistance?
2.7.2 Do you operate an agency/ centre which they can approach?
3. Relations with other institutions/organisations
3.1 Do you cooperate with other state institutions on migration/diaspora issues?
3.1.1 What institutions do you cooperate with?
3.1.2 Is there any exchange of information/ knowledge/best practices between the institutions? Are you all aware what everybody is doing?
3.1.3 (only for consular offices): what support from Georgian institutions in Georgia would you like to receive in order to improve your work with regard to Georgians abroad?
3.2 (only for institutions in Georgia): Do you cooperate with Georgian Consulates in the 3 destination countries?
3.2.2 How does this cooperation look like?
3.2.3 Do you have any suggestions for improvement?
3.3. How do you maintain ties between your institution and Georgians in the 3 destination countries?
3.3.2 How do you communicate with Georgians abroad?
3.4. How do you maintain ties between your institution and Georgian organisations in the 3 destination countries (in county where you operate, in case of consular office)?
3.4.1 How do you communicate with Georgian organisations in the 3 destination countries?
3.4.2 How often do you communicate with them on average per year?
3.4.3 Which organisations are you in touch with?
3.4.4 In your opinion, what should be the most important tasks of a Georgian organisation abroad?
3.4.5 Can you suggest how communication and cooperation between Georgian organisations abroad and institutions in Georgia could be improved?
3.5. Why is it relevant for you to maintain ties with Georgians in the 3 destination countries (in country where you o operate)?
3.5.1 How can you strengthen your ties with Georgians abroad?
3.6. Do you participate at any missions to the 3 destination countries in order to meet Georgian migrants and Georgian organisations (in case of consular office – do you meet with migrants associations/diaspora organisations in country where you operate)?
3.6.1 How often do you go on mission/meet on average per year?
3.7 Do you follow the situation in the 3 destination countries (in country where you operate) in regards to mi grants (legal acts, policy, attitude to migrants in general)?
3.7.1 Do you follow up on any news that is relevant for Georgian migrants in the 3 destination countries?
3.7.2 If you are not following the situation, what are the reasons for it?
4. Support to the development of Georgia
4.1 Please identify the field/sector where returned migrants could be employed in Georgia.
4.1.1 Which fields/sectors would benefit the most out of employing returned migrants?
4.1.3 What kind of skills/ experiences/ knowledge do returned migrants have?
4.1.4 Do you provide information on development needs in Georgia to migrants abroad? How?
4.2 Do you provide any support to Georgian migrants who want to invest in Georgia?
4.2.1 What sector in Georgia would benefit from investments from Georgians?
4.2.2 Do you communicate information on investment priorities/conditions to Georgians abroad?
4.2.3 In an ideal world, how do you think this information could be communicated?
5.1 Do you have any data on remittances sent from Georgians abroad back home?
5.1.1 What are the reasons, in your opinion, for Georgians to remit?
5.1.4 How could remittances be best used in your opinion?
Georgian Diaspora and Emigrant Communities in Germany, Greece and Turkey Transnational realities and ties with Georgia International Centre for Migration Policy Development, 2014