Migrants

Disinformation about Millions of Euros Allegedly Allocated for Migrant Support Media Campaign

14 February, 2019

On January 30, an online edition Georgia and World released an article headlined “Betrayal,” in which Dimitri Lortkipanidze, director of the Primakov Georgian-Russian Public Center, claims that under the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, a EUR 4.5-million grant has been allocated to Georgian media to prepare materials on the need of accepting migrants during five years. Echoing Lortkipanidze’s remarks in the same article, Levan Chachua, leader of the far-right political party Georgian Idea, claims that EUR 4 million has been allocated to Georgian media on coverage of migration issues. In his Facebook post on the same issue, Levan Chachua speaks of “propagandistic storm” that should prepare the ground in Georgia for accepting migrants, and cites the EU-funded project “Sustaining Migration Management in Georgia” (ENIGMMA 2) as a source.

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The statements made by Dimitri Lortkipanidze and Levan Chachua on allocating EUR 4-5 million funding to media for coverage of migrant issues are untrue. Only three out of 18 activities planned under the ENIGMMA 2 project, which along with migration policy development issues also covers visa liberalisation issues, are related to media coverage analysis and journalism training. In addition, the project focuses on the needs of people migrated to Georgia, as well as representatives of Georgian diaspora abroad.

  • ENIGMMA 2 project overview

The Sustaining Migration Management in Georgia (ENIGMMA 2) project runs from September 2017 to November 2020. It is implemented by International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in cooperation with the State Commission on Migration Issues (SCMI) of Georgia. The European Union financed the project with EUR 3.5 million within the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI) 2016 Technical Cooperation Facility II.  ENIGMMA project’s first phase ran in 2013-2017.

The three-year ENIGMMA 2 project consists of four components, covering 18 activities. The main objective of the ENIGMMA 2 project is to develop recommendations about migration policy based on research and analytical activities. Among its goals are:

  • Identifying migration-related risks
  • Awareness raising on visa liberalisation
  • Needs assessment of Georgian migrants and diaspora
  • Promoting student mobility, including assisting Georgian students enrolled in foreign universities
  • Raising awareness of media representatives on migration issues that involves the issues related to both visa liberalisation and migration.

Only three out of 18 activities planned under ENIGMMA 2 project are related to media coverage of migrations issues. The first activity involves media monitoring and research. The second activity involves design and implementation of awareness raising activities and media campaigns; and the third activity involves media education on migration issues. It is worth noting that the issue of raising awareness on migration issues implies not only migrants staying in Georgia, but also Georgian emigrants and issues related to visa liberalisation.

  • Activities planned within ENIGMMA 2:

COMPONENT 1: POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF MIGRATION STRATEGY, ACTION PLAN
  • MONITORING MIGRATION COVERAGE IN THE GEORGIAN MEDIA
  • ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF THE MIGRATION STRATEGY
  • ANALYTICAL AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES FOR POLICY DEVELOPMENT

COMPONENT 2: JOINT RESPONSE MEASURES

  • MIGRATION RISKS PREVENTION
  • AWARENESS RAISING ON MIGRATION AND MOBILITY
  • DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT
  • STUDENTS’ MOBILITY

COMPONENT 3: CAPACITY BUILDING

  • MIGRATION EDUCATION
  • MEDIA EDUCATION ON MIGRATION
  • EU MIGRATION ACQUIS
  • CAPACITY BUILDING OF SCMI MEMBER INSTITUTIONS
  • PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION

COMPONENT 4: EXCHANGE AND COOPERATION BETWEEN GEORGIA AND EU EXPERTS

  • RAISING INSTITUTIONAL AWARENESS ON FUNCTIONING OF EU INSTITUTIONS
  • APPROXIMATION OF THE GEORGIAN LEGISLATION WITH THE EU MIGRATION ACQUIS
  • CONTACTS BETWEEN SCMI AND EU IN THE AREA OF MIGRATION AND ASYLUM
  • EU MS EXPERTS WORKING VISITS TO GEORGIA


 


Propaganda Method

Creation of simulation evidence: Use of such authentic documents/facts, which create an illusion of the existence of evidence but are actually irrelevant to the accusations for illustration of which this evidence had been used.

Anti-migrant context
We have released a number of publications recently, involving claims as if signing of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration obligates Georgian government to accept migrants and that the resources of various international organizations, including the European Union are being mobilized for this purpose.


See more information on the migration compact in Myth Detector`s material:

Disinformation as if Global Compact for Migration Obligates Georgia to Accept and Finance Migrants

 

 

Disinformation as if UN Compact Obligates Georgia to Accept Migrants

 

 

Sputnik’s Manipulation on UN Compact and Increased Migration Flow


Prepared by Ana Chitaladze