Georgia is a multilingual and multiethnic country. Besides ethnic Georgians the largest ethnic minorities are Azerbaijanis and Armenians. Other ethnic groups include Russians, Ossetians, Greeks, Kurds, Yezidis, Assyrians, Jews, as well as Ukrainian and Polish communities. Recognition of minority languages and respect for their speakers contributes to social cohesion and enhances the in-country civic integration process. Granting national minorities internationally recognized minority protection will also give them a sense of belonging and reduce the risk of separatism. Furthermore, by maintaining national minority cultures, tourists will be attracted and inspired to explore the cultural heritage of this vibrant, multi-ethnic Georgia.

For more information, please download the publication of EC office Georgia.