“Migration is now firmly at the top of the European Union’s political agenda,” say the first lines of the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility, which defines the EU’s external migration policy since 2005 and was revised in 2011 in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings. With migration among the central areas of EU cooperation with its neighbours, the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre has produced a new press pack outlining the main aspects of the issue.
The interactive press pack brings together the main facts and figures, and includes links to success stories, publications, photos and videos, as well as useful links and documents.
It is divided into six sections:
- Migration at the top of the political agenda
- Migration and development: feeding a virtuous circle
- Mobility Partnerships and migration dialogues
- International protection and asylum
- The regional dimension of migration
- Managing borders and addressing irregular migration
Most Georgians feel that European Union support contributes a lot to the development of their country. This is one of the key findings of the recently released Spring 2014 EU Neighbourhood Barometer for Georgia, conducted in the framework of an EU-funded opinion polling project for the Neighbourhood.
The survey, based on 1,000 interviews conducted in May-June 2014, finds that 69% of Georgians feel the EU is an important partner, with 56% believing the EU and Georgia share sufficient common values to be able to cooperate. Most of those polled (also 56%) feel the EU brings peace and stability in the region.
The majority of Georgians (68%) felt the EU had good relations with their country (compared to 53% across the ENPI East region), while merely 16% felt they were bad.
The poll reveals a high level of trust among Georgians in international institutions. The majority of those asked (61%) said they trust the EU, followed by NATO (59%) and the UN (54%).
Georgians questioned in the poll were generally more pessimistic about their lives compared to the previous poll conducted early this year, with 69% dissatisfied with the life they lead (a rise of 3% compared to the previous poll), though the degree of satisfaction rose the younger and more educated respondents were.
Nearly half of those polled felt things were heading in the wrong direction (46%, compared to merely 32% in the previous poll), with just over a quarter (27%) saying things were improving (compared to 42% earlier this year).
Forty-two percent of those asked agreed enough information was available about the EU, while 47% considered that it was easy to understand.
The EU Neighbourhood Barometer project, funded under the DG Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) Regional Communication Programme, conducts opinion polls and monitors the media in the 16 partner countries and territories participating in the European Neighbourhood Policy, plus Russia. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
EU Neighbourhood Barometer Factsheet – Georgia