Stranded in Georgia: The Challenges of Asylum Seekers

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As an asylum seeker, I have faced numerous obstacles in my journey to rebuild my life. One of the most significant challenges has been the lack of access to basic necessities, such as medical care, employment, and financial support. Unlike other EU nations like Germany, Georgia has yet to provide adequate support to asylum seekers, leaving us stranded and struggling to make ends meet.

The last time I received financial support was a year ago from UNHCR, and it was only 200 GEL. The refugee camp where I stayed did not provide food, and on rare occasions when they did, it was only a one-time occurrence. I was left to fend for myself, with no financial support to cover my basic needs.

When I tried to secure a job to support myself, I encountered even more obstacles. The refugee camp was located in a village far away from Tbilisi, and there was no transportation available. Microbuses only ran from 9 am to 8 pm, and sometimes the wait for a bus could be two hours or more. This made it nearly impossible for me to attend job interviews or training, as I had no reliable means of transportation.

The lack of access to medical care is indeed a significant concern for asylum seekers, including myself. It is a situation that has caused a great deal of anxiety and fear among us.
Asylum seekers, like many others, need access to quality medical care, but for us, it is a luxury that is out of reach. The inability to seek medical treatment when we need it puts us in a vulnerable position, where we are forced to endure pain and suffering, with no hope of relief. The situation is even more dire for those who have chronic illnesses or other health conditions, as they require ongoing medical attention.

The government should take steps to address this issue, by providing access to affordable healthcare services to all asylum seekers. With this, we can be assured that our medical needs will be taken care of and we can focus on rebuilding our lives in a safe and secure environment.

These challenges have made it difficult for me to rebuild my life and start anew. Instead of feeling safe and secure, I feel stranded and alone, with no hope for the future. The lack of support from the government and society has left us feeling invisible and forgotten.

Despite the challenges, I remain hopeful that one day, things will change for the better. I know that there are people out there who care and are working hard to improve the situation for asylum seekers like myself. NGOs and activists have been instrumental in providing support and resources to help us navigate the challenges we face.


By sharing my story, I hope to raise awareness about the challenges that asylum seekers face in Georgia. It is imperative that we acknowledge these challenges and work together to provide more comprehensive support to help asylum seekers rebuild their lives.

As an asylum seeker myself, I know firsthand how important it is to have access to basic necessities, such as food, shelter, and medical care. I urge the government and society to recognize the unique challenges that asylum seekers face and take action to provide the necessary support to ensure that we can live with dignity and respect.

In conclusion, the challenges of asylum seekers in the Republic of Georgia are significant and must not be overlooked. We need more support from the government and society to ensure that we can rebuild our lives and start anew. With greater awareness and advocacy, I am confident that we can create a brighter future for all asylum seekers in Georgia.

Photo by Zura Narimanishvili on Unsplash

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