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Disinformation about Georgian Citizenship Allegedly Granted to 25 000 Turkish Citizens

7 May, 2018

Various sources periodically disseminate disinformation in Turkophobic context about tens of thousands of Turkish citizens allegedly getting Georgian passports that creates a threat of separation of the region of Adjara from the rest of Georgia. Speaking with Obieqtivi TV on March 21, Giorgi Lomia of the Alliance of Patriots said that 25 000 Turkish citizens got Georgian passports in Adjara under the previous government that further creates a threat of setting up a Turkish party by them and demanding the region’s separation. Similar message was voiced by Davit Akubardia, host of Kavkasia TV program Spektri, on March 15, 2017 about 23 000 Turkish citizens allegedly having Georgian passports.

This information is false. According to the Justice Ministry’s Public Service Development Agency, a total of 3 050 Turkish citizens were granted Georgian citizenship in a period between 2004 and April 11, 2018.

Giorgi Lomia, Alliance of Patriots: “If Saakashvili had stayed in power for six more years, Adjara would not have been part of Georgia today. That’s absolutely the case. What is happening in Adjara today just confirms that Saakashvili had this plan. 25 000 Turks have acquired Georgian citizenship and live in Adjara. If 10 000 – 15 000 are added tomorrow, they will actually set up a Turkish party as it happened in Bulgaria and then they will be able to hold a plebiscite on separation from Georgia.”

Davit Akubardia, host: “23 000 Turks have Georgian passports. If they participate in local elections this autumn, they will win the first place in Batumi.”

Obieqtivi, Gamis Studia, March 21, 2018

Kavkasia, Spektri, March 15, 2017

Real Statistics: 2004 – 2018

The Ministry of Justice has provided statistical figures to the Myth Defector about granting Georgian citizenship to foreign nationals in 2004 – 2018. According to these figures, only 3 050 Turkish citizens instead of 25 000 were granted Georgian citizenship during 14 years. Citizenship was granted by way of exception. The figure of granting citizenship is highest with respect to Russia and it amounts to 21 660.

Types of naturalization are:

  • Granting citizenship under regular procedure;
  • Granting citizenship under simplified procedure;
  • Granting citizenship by way of exception;
  • Granting citizenship by way of its restoration.

In case of Russia, all the four types were used. During the same period, Georgian citizenship was granted by way of exception to 2 citizens of Iraq, 19 citizens of Syria, 442 citizens of Iran and 4 citizens of the United Arab Emirates (see infographics).

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Prepared by Zuka Zhorzholiani
Myth Detector Lab