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Chinese in Georgia / Jiayi Zhou
AuthorZhou, Jiayi
Corporate nameEuropean Centre for Minority Issues <Flensburg>
PublishedFlensburg : European Centre for Minority Issues, 2012 ; Halle (Saale) : Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, 2012
HostHalle (Saale) : Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt
Description21 S. : Zahlr. Lit.Hinw.
SeriesECMI working paper ; 54
Document typeE-Book
KeywordsDE-615 / Georgien
Keywords (GND)Georgien / China
URLAggregator ; Verlag
Chinese in Georgia [0.69 mb]
In the two decades after independence Georgia's open economy and lax immigration policies have engendered for the first time immigration from far outside of the region. On the streets of Tbilisi the most conspicuous of these migrants are from India China and the countries of Africa. Of those from India a substantial number are students of medicine or enrolled in other professional courses. Africans in Georgia are mostly driven by work opportunity with a few students in higher education institutions. Chinese immigrants on the other hand are almost entirely driven by economic opportunities. A modern Chinese presence in Georgia began in the 1990s with the beginning of Chinese state-owned investment ventures in the region as well as a burgeoning restaurant scene. In 2000s this expanded to encompass a trickle and then an influx of Chinese migrant shop owners and market vendors. The third wave of migration occurred in 2010 as a result of contract construction workers. As of today there are around 1 000 Chinese now divided into five groups: specialists businessmen shopkeepers contract workers and those in the restaurant and catering sector. This paper will focus on the history of Chinese migrants in Georgia driving causes their level of integration (or lack thereof) vulnerabilities and their status in Georgian society. It will also cover increasingly large-scale economic ventures in the country the status of Chinese as a foreign language in Georgia and the role of the PRC Embassy in the Chinese community.
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