Russians who fled to Georgia from mobilization make up almost 8% of the population
1.3 million Russians have crossed the Georgian border, about 300 thousand remaining in the country.
Nona Mamulashvili, the representative of the United National Movement in Georgia, said that the influx of Russians who flee to Georgia from mobilization remains a significant problem for the country. Almost 70% of the citizens surveyed are concerned about the massive arrival of Russians in the country. People fear the negative consequences of this “migration”.
“Given what is happening in Georgia now, and what a shameful policy our government is pursuing, I think this does not even fully show the picture we have now. In fact, the problem is very serious, which is vital, because the country that occupies 20% of our territory, plus sends here its population, which lives uncontrollably in the territory of Georgia, massively buys real estate and feels very comfortable.I think that for a country that is in such a big danger as Russia to have Russian citizens on its territory in such quantity is dangerous for the security of Georgia,” Mamulashvili said on the air of the FREEDOM TV channel.
According to her, the fact that Russians come as refugees to a country whose territory is being occupied is nonsense.
“The country has occupied 20% of our territory, and these people come to us as refugees. I have never seen such a phenomenon in any country in my life. And again, the mass that fled from both sanctions and mobilization, of course, , first came to Georgia because we have a border with this country,” she added.
Mamulishvili noted that 1.3 million Russians have already crossed the Georgian border. About 300 thousand of them decided to stay in Georgia.
“300,000 approximately the population of Russia is approximately 8%. This is already a minority, which even during the Soviet Union did not exist in Georgia,” she stressed.
According to Mamulashvili, Russians fleeing the mobilization do not feel any responsibility for the actions and policies of the Russian authorities. If they are refugees, they should apply for political asylum, but the Russians do not.
“They will simply spend the winter here and, most likely, stay here. Again, this is very dangerous for the security of Georgia. But given that the Georgian authorities are already openly pursuing a pro-Russian policy, it has refused to close the borders and introduce a visa regime, and take any action to control the mass of Russian citizens who enter the territory of Georgia,” explained the representative of the United National Movement in Georgia.
She assumes that Russia can use this situation against Georgia in the future. In addition, Russians do not adapt to life in a foreign country but demand the same rights as the indigenous population.
At the same time, Mamulashvili stressed that although the Georgian government takes a pro-Russian position, the population of Georgia is with Ukraine.
The headline is misleading… at best it should say russians now represent 8% of Georgia’s population…
Also where does it say they crossed the border to flee mobilization? Ah it’s the ukrainian style click bait… Because it’s actually 300k out of 1.3 mils that crossed the border and stayed… even that is weird in it’s own account… so 1 million russians are migrating back and forward over the border of Georgia? And Georgia’s entire population is 3.75 millions? And they are worried about 8% minority not the actual 40% of their entire population that just happened to cross their border?
1,3 million crossed the border and fled to other countries. 300K remained in Georgia. And this 300K (8% of Georgia’s population) should be added. And yes, they crossed the border to flee mobilization. Also, there is a link in the article.
Georgia should require visas for Russians, The current policy is ridiculous and will lead to protests and violence. Maybe the current government policy is based on the idea that when Putin is gone, the occupied areas will. be returned. The sight of seeing EU flags all over Tibilisi when hundreds of thousands of Russians live here is amusing. Give them 90 days visa only and point them in the direction of Turkey.
The Russians fleeing to Georgia are about as pro-Ukraine and least supporting of the occupation of Georgia as it gets.
A visa regime will relieve the soaring rent prices in Georgia, but let’s not pretend Ukraine is going to benefit from this. High-qualified work will go back to Russia and will be used for any kind of thing: if not direct mobilization, businesses are now obliged by law to do anything for the military.