MINELRES: New publication: ECMI Issue Brief #22

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Original sender: William McKinney <mckinney@ecmi.de>

ECMI Issue Brief #22
The Recent Flow of Asylum-Seekers from Georgia to Poland, by Jenny
Thomsen,  December 2009

Over the past months Poland has witnessed an exceptionally large number
of Georgian citizens applying for asylum. From April to November 2009,
approximately 4,000 Georgian citizens have crossed the Polish border
with the aim of applying for asylum. This number is astonishing in
comparison with previous years when only approximately 400 applications
were received in the entire period between 2000 and 2008. 

This paper aims at providing insight into the background of the recent
flow of asylum-seekers. As part of the research, several persons mainly
from the Yezidi-Kurdish minority in Georgia were interviewed. A number
of representatives of the Yezidi-Kurdish community in Tbilisi have
shared their information about the minority's situation in the country
and possible motives behind the recent out-migration. Additional
interviews were conducted with persons who have recently been deported
back to Georgia from Poland. The interviews have provided information
about issues of the Yezidi-Kurdish community, enabling us to obtain a
more accurate picture of the minority's situation, as well as details
about the asylum-seekers' route to the EU-countries and their conditions

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