Tamar Khulordava, Chairwoman of the parliamentary European Integration Committee said that the number of Georgians seeking asylum in Germany was less in 2017 than in 2016. She told journalists that Georgia’s partner states were taking the statistics into consideration.
“The decision made about visa liberalization is very important. Everything should be done to reduce risks and threats. The government cares about the issue seriously. Work with partners should be active and effective,” Khulordava stated.
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Germany has published statistical data on asylum seekers from Georgia. The relevant information was requested by Die Welt from the Ministry.
According to the information provided by the Ministry, in September 2017, 238 citizens of Georgia demanded an asylum in Germany, the number of which was increased in the following months. In October, the number of asylum seekers was 355, in November – 444, in December – 522 and in January – 745.
Stefan Meier, spokesman for the faction of the Christian-Democratic Union and Christian-Social Union, said in the German Parliament that the issue needs a timely approach. “If the situation does not improve in time, the EU should activate and reintroduce visa regime,” he told Die Welt.