Policy Papers
Study of the Needs of Ukrainian Refugees in Georgia

The unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine not only disarranged the economic and political state of the world but also worsened the lives of millions of Ukrainians. Since the war began, more than 7 million refugees have left Ukraine and Georgia is among the countries Ukrainian refugees arrived after the start of the war. To assess Ukrainian refugees’ needs, education, skills and the labor market integration process in Georgia , PMC Research Center with the support of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung conducted a study in August-December 2022. Moreover, the study intends to produce recommendations for stakeholders to develop need-based services and support Ukrainian refugees' integration into the Georgian labor market.

Reviewing Migration and Development: The Role of Local Authorities in Central Asia

The paper reviews developmental implications of labour migration from Central Asia, analyses policy gaps in development-oriented migration management and offers recommendations to facilitate impactful engagement of local authorities in migration governance.

This paper is written by Dr. Giorgi Khishtovani, Director at PMC Research, with contribution from Maya Komakhidze, researcher at PMC Research. 

Sectoral Analysis of Regional Markets in Georgia by Using the Components of Smart Specialization

The study aims to map and analyze the private sector in Tbilisi, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (Senaki, Zugdidi, Tsalenjikha, and Poti municipalities) and Kvemo Kartli region (Marneuli municipality).

The assessment methodology entailed a combination of desk research and qualitative study. During the desk research, the size of the market in each of the target regions was studied and, by using the economic potential component of the Smart Specialization methodology, a private sector assessment was conducted. Smart Specialization is an approach that has been elaborated by the European Union (EU), and is widely used when analyzing national and regional competitiveness.

Under this approach, we have identified vital economic sectors (concentrated and competitive economic sectors) for the targeted regions, by using regional analysis methods such as location quotient (LQ) and shift-share analysis. With the help of shift-share analyses, competitive sectors for the targeted regions were identified, while concentrated sectors were identified by using LQ. After identifying concentrated and competitive sectors for targeted regions, the sectors which were both concentrated and competitive were chosen. If there was no such sector in a given location, then sectors were selected based on the shift-share analysis results. In addition, by applying enterprise birth and survival analysis, we identified economically active sub-sectors within each selected sector.