Challenges for Georgia’s Visa Liberalization: Political Context and Statistics

Mariam Grigalashvili Mikheil Sarjveladze One year after the EU’s visa-free travel for Georgia went into force, visa liberalisation remains a hot topic in the country and abroad. The main challenge related to visa-free travel is the threat that the EU could suspend this regime, a possibility ...
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Threats to Georgia’s Visa-Free Regime: Perspectives from European Capitals

Casper Wuite Nearly one year ago, on March 28, 2017, Georgian citizens received the right to travel to the EU’s Schengen Area without a visa. Prior to granting visa-free travel, the EU put a suspension mechanism in place that would allow for visas to be reinstated under certain circumstances. ...
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Facing the Problem of Georgian Criminality in the EU

Jelger Groeneveld* For three months now Georgia has enjoyed visa-free travel to the European Union’s Schengen zone, a fact celebrated in Tbilisi as a major achievement of the country’s European integration ambitions. Since then, Georgian media sources have raved about the numbers of Georgians tr...
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What should be Georgia’s next goal after Visa liberalization?

Georgia has signed the Association Agreement and achieved visa liberalization with the European Union (EU), obtaining the two main “carrots” made available by the EU through the Eastern Partnership format. In light of that, what should be Georgia’s next (realistic and concrete) for...
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Visa Liberalization for Georgia: What’s Next?

Giorgi Vardishvili, Elene Panchulidze On March 28, 2017 the visa-free regime for Georgian citizens to the Schengen Area officially entered into force. This was another historic decision on the road to Georgia’s homecoming, its final integration in the European family. The visa regime liberalizatio...
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Georgia Can’t Avoid Europe’s Turmoil

Shota Gelovani  Master’s student of Political Science, Mannheim University While Georgian observers fixate on their country’s own political and economic problems, developments outside the country are shaping up to make a major impact, as well. Most notably, these include the European migration ...
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Georgian Path to EU Visa Liberalization: Georgian fatigue and European caution

Ioseb ‘Joseph’ Jorjoliani GIP Young Experts Network Recent talks on the visa liberalization of the European Union for the citizens of Georgia made a lot of people wonder if this process could be hampered by the two highest branches of the European Union, European Parliament and European Counc...
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