Switzerland Concludes Migration Partnership With Georgia

The Swiss authorities have announced that the country has concluded a migration partnership with Moldova.

The Federal Department of Justice and Police of Switzerland (FDJP) revealed that the federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter and the Minister of Justice of Georgia Rati Bregadze signed a memorandum that aims to establish a migration partnership between the two countries.

Georgia is the seventh country with which Switzerland is entering into a migration partnership, and by signing this memorandum, the two countries reaffirmed their intention to institutionalise cooperation in the field of migration, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“The Memorandum of Understanding confirms the interest of Switzerland and Georgia in deepening their cooperation in the field of migration and finding constructive solutions to the challenges posed by migration,” Keller-Sutter said, praising the excellent relations between the countries in this area.

Experts from the two countries will now meet in Switzerland to discuss specific topics related to migration partnerships.

FDJP explains that the Memorandum of Understanding focuses on sustainable solutions. In addition, the same noted that a process of regular dialogue and joint reflection would help to expand cooperation in other areas as well, such as prevention of irregular migration, readmission, and the promotion of regular migration, among others.

According to FDJP, the dialogue between the two countries creates a general framework for all aspects of migration. Nonetheless, it has been noted that it does not create new legal claims or obligations.

“The dialogue forms the general framework for all aspects of migration cooperation between Switzerland and Georgia. However, it does not create any new legal claims and obligations,” the statement of FDJP reads.

In recent years, Switzerland and Georgia have increased their exchange and cooperation in order to provide effective management of migration, especially in the return processes.

A readmission agreement between Switzerland and Georgia has existed since 2005. Additionally, an agreement on visa facilitation between the two countries has been in place since 2014. Fast forward to 2019, the bilateral cooperation between Switzerland and Georgia was further strengthened with the signing of a joint declaration on cooperation on migration.

The Swiss authorities further reveal that the country has been active in Georgia for years through its cooperation programme and shows its support for the development of mountain regions and other reforms.

Peacebuilding, especially improving the living conditions of those that have been affected by the regional conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, is also a focus of Swiss activities. Switzerland has helped to protect the power mandate in Georgia since 2019 and represents the diplomatic interests of Georgia in Moscow.

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