ArmInfo. Armenia ranks third in the number of requested certificates for a permanent residence permit in Georgia.
According to the data published by the government commission on migration in Georgia's "migration profile of Georgia in 2019, Russians are leading in statistics. As of December 31, 2018, 20,811 foreigners were provided with certificates of permanent residence in Georgia, of which 8889 (44%) certificates were issued to Russian citizens. Azerbaijan is on the 2nd place with 16%. In total, 3,189 citizens of Azerbaijan were issued certificates of permanent residence. Armenia is on the third place - 2211 certificates issued to citizens of the Republic of Armenia, citizens of Ukraine - 1,718 certificates, to citizens of other countries - 3946. As regards certificates for temporary residence, as of December 31, 2018, a total of 31 356 certificates were issued. Temporary residence certificates are most given to Iranian citizens - 7279 certificates, then India - 5951 certificates, Russia in third place - 4028 certificates. At the same time, more than half of foreigners with a residence permit are registered in Tbilisi and only about 1/3 in the regions of Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti. It is also indicated that over the past 4 years the number of negative decisions on issuing residence permits has increased, both quantitatively and in share terms, whose share in decision-making has increased from 3% to 23%. According to the study, in 2018, 6,598 people were denied a residence permit, in 2017 - 4256, in 2016 -1659, and in 2015 only 889 foreign citizens were denied a residence permit. The largest share of residence permits issued in 2015-2018 falls on labor and educational residence permits, which are temporary types of permits.