According to the information provided by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, 277,403 persons have registered as an IDP in Georgia.
The Law of Georgia “On Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories of Georgia” contains the rights of IDPs and the obligations of the Government towards these persons. The abovementioned Law defines the bases for granting the status of an IDP, as well as the deprivation of status and IDP assistance.
Due to the relevance of the topic, IDFI addressed the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia with a request for the statistical data of deprivation and termination of the status of internally displaced persons in 2014-2017. IDFI also requested statistical data on those IDPs whose monthly income exceeds 1,250 GEL. The Ministry provided all the information requested within the frameworks of this study.
- In 2014-2017, a total of 1,232 people were deprived of the IDP status. The greatest number of such instances took place in 2015 – 625;
- In 2014-2017, a total of 26,752 people had their refugee status terminated. The most common reason for the termination of the refugee status was due to not having undergone mandatory registration in 2014;
- IDPs lost their status due to accepting the citizenship of a foreign country most commonly in 2016;
- In 2014, 17,177 people had their IDP status terminated due to not having undergone mandatory registration, however 5,567 persons subsequently had their status restored in the following years;
- Among the 277,403 registered IDPs, only 3.4% of them, or 9,474 people, have a monthly income exceeding 1,250 GEL;
- Among those IDPs living in Tbilisi, only 5,5% (5942 people) have a monthly income that exceeds 1,250 GEL, a higher percentage than in other regions of Georgia.
The analysis was prepared in frames of the project "Empower Society for Strengthening Good Governance", financially supported by International Visegrad Fund and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The responsibility of the content of the article lies with the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of International Visegrad Fund and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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