On the Move
Caucasus Research Resource Centers
International School of Economics at TSU
Robert Tchaidze, ISET & IMF
Tina Zurabishvili, CRRC & Telavi State University
1 April 22, 2008
Socially minded reforms top new government agenda;
Rose Revolution & Russian embargo changing
migration trends with important impacts and
implications for development;
Economic and business climate reforms and high
growth create prospects for return migration and
IDPs and ethnic minority communities create different
patterns within the same country;
Only descriptive research with limited policy
implications for migration and development carried out.
2 April 22, 2008
Dynamics in Georgia
Post-soviet reorganization of industrial
geography and the resulting movement of labor;
The effect of conflicts in the region on movement
The “westward” reorientation of emigration is
believed to be changing gender and human
capital composition of migrants;
Radical current reformation of the economic,
legal and political life and the resulting change in
3 April 22, 2008
European Neighborhood Policy: return and readmission
Re-conceptualization of social welfare net, active labor
Development of a regional policy: minimizing push factors in
Banking and taxation policies to increase legal flow of
Tax breaks for return migrants.
4 April 22, 2008
GDP structure; remittances; brain drain/gain; real
estate; rural-urban composition; anything else?
Ethnic map being re-drawn;
Gender roles being re-formulated;
Family structures being re-organized;
Georgian way of life being re-defined;
5 April 22, 2008
Hard to make causality claims.
Additional difficulty posed by self-selection
into migration (endogeneity problem).
Econometric “toolbox” for dealing with
6 April 22, 2008
Interdisciplinary team of sociologists,
economists and public policy analysts;
Integrated in international network of
Dedicated to high quality and new
Experience in fieldwork;
Sponsor and implement migration
research in the region;
Will do our own and support more
research on topics not covered by
7 April 22, 2008
Stakeholder interviews – May 2008
Household survey – Fall 2008
Very preliminary results and the DOTM
conference – January 2009
Empirical evaluations, policy
recommendations – 2009
The DOTM conference, conclusions,
datasets go public – January 2010
8 April 22, 2008
In-depth interviews with experts
in the field of migration.
The experts will represent government
institutions, international organizations,
private financial institutions, NGOs.
Interviews to be conducted starting from
9 April 22, 2008
Other issues you are interested in.
10 April 22, 2008
Based on experts’ assessments, regions of the
country will be selected; in each of these
regions, a sample of households will be drawn
which gives us a representative sample of
Migrants who are still abroad;
Households with no migrants;
To be conducted in September-October, 2008.
11 April 22, 2008
Collecting countrywide data on the
experiences of the households
affected by migration and compare to
other households without migrants.
What other questions do you want to
12 April 22, 2008
World Bank Remittances and Migration
Georgia Integrated Household Survey
CRRC Data Initiative 2007;
National Bank of Georgia, official remittance
OSCE Use of Remittances Survey;
ILO Migration Survey.
Other sources that you know of?
13 April 22, 2008
14 April 22, 2008