In the complex world of migration management, partnerships are integral to the development of cooperative, coordinated, and effective border responses to irregular migration and transnational crimes. Prometheus II, an EU-funded project under the Migration Partnership Facility (MPF), stands as an example of such a partnership initiative. Led by Civipol (France) in collaboration with the French Ministry of Interior and FIIAPP (Spain), Prometheus II recently marked a significant milestone, holding an international conference in Tbilisi, Georgia on November 6 and 7, 2023, entitled "Migration from Georgia to Europe and the Schengen area: A Multi-Sectoral Cooperation to Counter Irregular Migration, Migration-Related Crime, and to Better Regulate Health-Driven Migration". The conference aimed to take stock of the measures taken in Georgia, France, and various EU countries since 2017 to ensure harmonized and effective migration management, particularly focusing on combating irregular migration from Georgia to the EU and addressing health-driven migration.
Building on a successful first phase, the Prometheus II project seeks to bolster the capacities of Georgian authorities in the effective management and control of migratory flows. The project channels its efforts into targeted capacity-building activities, with a specific focus on the Georgian Border and Patrol Police. As a core part of its strategy, Prometheus II deploys border guards to address the challenges posed by irregular migration to the EU from Georgia. Notably, the project dispatched one Georgian migration and police officer to a French airport for a three-month mission, focusing on enhancing controls, communication, and information exchange at the border.