The Minister of Justice, Tea Tsulukiani has confirmed that the Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues is to be abolished. In a statement, she said:
“I’ve been living, studying and working outside of Georgia for many years. I’ve been a member of the Georgian diaspora and thus, as a former member of it, I know that diaspora issues are of great importance for the government, as it was before. As our Prime Minister has stated this issue won’t be off the agenda, but will be transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” - said Tsulukiani
The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association has encouraged the government not to make any hasty decisions regarding the abolition of the Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues, fearing that it will send a bad message for Georgians living abroad. The GYLA added that “There might be an impression that the diaspora isn’t of importance in terms of governmental tasks.”
The Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues was created in 2008 and its aim was to strengthen relations between Georgians living abroad, the Georgian government and the diaspora.