Supporting the illegal stay of a Georgian citizen in a foreign country to become punishable by law

  • The bill now only needs to be signed by the president to come into play. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 17 Apr 2019 - 16:10, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian parliament has approved a bill with its third and the final reading which provides for imprisonment as punishment for providing support to a Georgian citizen to stay illegally in a foreign country.

Supporting a Georgian citizen to receive asylum illegally in a foreign country and taking money for the “service” will also be a criminal offence.

Both of the offences will be punishable by two to four years in prison.

A repeated offence by a group of individuals will be punishable by six years in prison.

The bill was offered by the Georgian Dream ruling party MPs and it aims to suspend the illegal migration of Georgians to EU member states, creating threats to the EU-Georgia visa free deal.