The road to self-dependence - assisting Chechen refugees in Georgia in integration with the local community
Over 1,000 Chechen refugees reside in the Pankisi gorge in Georgia. The Georgian authorities have granted them refugee status. As a consequence, all of the registered refugees from Chechnya reside in Georgia legally and have the right to work. The new short-term residency card enables them to start their own businesses. The refugees are under the guidance of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). They live in very difficult conditions and depend on humanitarian aid which results in frustration, passivity, apathy and the sense of dependency. Integration of the refugees with the local community is the only opportunity to provide them with a decent and independent life. The project was composed of six initiatives prepared by the beneficiaries who independently identified their own needs, developed business plans and found the potential markets for their products. The initiatives were implemented in Tbilisi, Duisi, Khalatsani and Birkiani. They aimed at the creation of new jobs in the agricultural, manufacturing and services sectors which resulted in independence of the beneficiaries from humanitarian aid.
Project carried out by:
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tbilisi