Informed Migration, Boundless Opportunities

Italian Customs Experts Instrumental in Transferring Skills on Body Language Assessment to Georgian Revenue Service

In the beginning of September two experts from the Italian Customs and Monopoly Agency engaged with their Georgian peers from the Revenue Service in a two-week training dedicated to the issue of threat assessment of travelers in the border crossing context by studying their body language.

This Italian expertise has proved instrumental in building the skills and understanding of the importance of psychological skills when profiling travelers who are crossing the border and identifying suspicious behavior pointing to possible criminal intentions.

This course has followed up on previous training events that IOM implemented with EU funding and closely coordinated with the Revenue Service. This time, the Italian contribution aims to accompany the Georgian Revenue Service in institutionalizing internal training skills in the Finance Academy and decrease the reliability on foreign expertise. For that purpose, on 1 - 5 October IOM organized a training-of-trainers course, again with the involvement of the same two Italian experts.

This activity has taken place in the framework of the EU-funded “Sustaining Border Management and Migration Governance in Georgia” (SBMMG). This project runs for 3 years and will finish in November 2020.