The number of asylum requests by Georgian citizens in Israel has been reduced by 70%. This data is published in the article by Haaretz.
According to the Immigration Authority of Israel, the number of asylum requests by Georgians was 1,351 in 2017 and 399 in 2018.
As the article points out, the reduction of the number of applications is linked to the decision adopted in 2017, according to which Georgia was declared safe countries. This enables an accelerated denial of requests without the need to examine them in depth, a procedure usually taking a few weeks.
According to the article, in 2018, Israel refused entry to 17,000 citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Belarus, countries that have visa waiver agreements with Israel.
“The main reason for refusal stated by the authority is concern that people arriving will not leave the country after the three months permitted for those without visas. Only in a few cases did the rejections stem from security or criminal concerns”, – reads the article.