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Some IDPs will lose state support

By Messenger Staff
Friday, February 3
Ministry of Refugees stated that some internally displaced families will no longer receive the state monthly support, worth 45GEL.

He stressed this concerned the families, whose members were employed and who have already received accommodations from the government.

Subari stated that instead the government would double support for the most vulnerable IDPs and also save money to buy accommodations for the internally displaced population.

The statement has caused criticism from the opposition, and they demanded that the Minister come to the legislative body and answer their questions.

According to the United Nations Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), there were up to 206,600 IDPs registered in Georgia at the end of 2013.

The Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, said that in total, around 13,700 IDP and 300 eco-migrant families have received apartments since 2012, while around 1,700 other families will move to their new apartments this year.

In the country where the majority of the population lives in poverty, the 45 GEL (approximately 17 USD) allowance is an important income they cannot afford to lose.

Every government is obliged to improve the socioeconomic situation in a country for its people, not to let them be dependent on state support alone, especially when this support is a ridiculously low amount of money.

However, when at a certain stage the government fails to do this, then it must help those who need help the most.

The ministry must very cautiously study the economic situation of each IDP and only after make a decision to suspend the support for them.

However, there were certain cases when IDPs had a quite a good income and they still received the state assistance and social allowances regardless.