Gov’t provides special housing for asylum seekers, 6 Mar 2014 - 15:34, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Government of Georgia has proposed a 2 million GEL project to provide purpose-built housing units for asylum seekers.

By the end of this year, 80 units will be available for asylum seekers who fled their home and country.

The project was announced today by Davit Darakhvelidze – the country’s Minister of IDPs from Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia.

The centre will be built in the Martkopi village, in the Gardabani District and will include 80 units.

American financiers will fund the construction of the multi-storey buildings, Darakhvelidze said.

This decision was made following the Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s visit to the United States. Darakhvelidze said this visit had already brought "positive results”.

Talks with US representatives of the European Command about this proposal were positively agreed by both parties, the Minister said.

Construction of the new centre is expected to begin in the near future and be completed by the end of the year.

Building the accommodation block for asylum seekers was part of the second phase of obligations in the visa liberalization action plan, Darakhvelidze said.

The full cost of the new centre is expected to reach 2 million GEL.