Disinfo: Europe began a mass deportation of Georgians

Summary

Europe began a mass deportation of Georgians. The deportation of Georgian citizens from the European Union member states is analogous to the mass deportation of 2,380 Georgian citizens from Russia from late-September 2006 to late-January 2007.

Disproof

This is the part of disinformation narrative saying that the EU obliging Georgia to receive migrants, while Georgian citizens are deported from the European countries. The aim was also to equalize politically motivated deportation of Georgian citizens from Russia and deportation from the EU - but the latter is based on the violations of certain norms.

According to data from the official Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs, a total of 624 Georgian citizens were deported from the EU in the period September 2018-February 2019. The largest number of Georgians in that period was deported from Turkey (755 persons) and Israel (387 persons).

Deportations of Georgian citizens from the EU are regulated by the visa liberalisation agreements as well as EU and national laws.

As for the mass deportation of ethnic Georgians from Russia in 2006-2007, according to the findings of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), orders were issued for 4,634 ethnic Georgians, of whom 2,380 persons were deported, while the rest had urgently left the country. During mass roundups and deportation, four Georgian citizens had died.

In a case addressing this situation, on 31 January 2019, the Grand Chamber of the ECHR ruled that in the Autumn of 2006 the Russian authorities violated the prohibition of the collective expulsion of aliens and of inhuman and degrading treatment, as well as of the right to liberty and security and the right to an effective remedy.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue147
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Georgia
  • Keywords: migration, EU, European values, Visa liberalisation, Europe

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