Brief Migration Profile: Foreign Students in Georgia
Friday, 30 December, 2016

In December 2015 the State Commission on Migration Issues (SCMI) adopted a Medium Migration Profile (MMP). The MMP was elaborated with the active participation of all its member state agencies and the support of a project funded
by the European Union (EU), ´Enhancing Migration Management in Georgia (ENIGMMA), implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). The goal of the MMP is to foster evidence-based policymaking
in the country and it covers all major aspects of migratory processes as well as its impact on Georgia’s demography, economy, and social cohesion. Since its elaboration, the MMP has proved a valuable source of migration-related data and analysis both for local and international institutions and researchers.

To further improve migration policy development and management in the country, in May 2016 the SCMI elaborated guidelines for the development of Medium and Brief Migration Profiles that provide advice on how to structure the working process as well as data sources, structure, and content of the migration profiles.

A Brief Migration Profile (BMP) is a logical extension of an MMP, but unlike an MMP, it is devoted to the exploration of only one migration-related aspect, using data visualizations and infographics. The first BMP3 focused on the dynamics and impact analysis of incoming remittances.

The present BMP is the second publication and is devoted to the study of the impact of foreign students on the Georgian economy. It analyses the dynamics of the number of foreign students in Georgia and the major causes for the increase in the numbers. It also assesses the current financial benefit and future prospects of foreign students in Georgia.