House in Tskhinvali where  refugees from Georgia live. Photo by Andrel Babitski (RFE/RL)

04 June 2013, 08:55

In Tskhinvali, Georgian refugees complain of poor living conditions

The refugees from Georgia living in the collective centres in Tskhinvali claim that they are forced to live in dilapidated buildings in the absence of natural gas; and these problems are addressed by nobody.

In total, 2541 refugees from Georgia are registered in South Ossetia; of them, 806 people live in the republic. The "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports that about 15 families live in the collective centre at AgrarianTechnicalSchool in the outskirt of Tskhinvali.

According to the Committee for Migration Policy, not a single family has left in this emergency building: all of them were accommodated in a restored building of the garden nursery. These people settled here illegally, having their own homes outside the territory of North Ossetia, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was told at the Committee.

"We settled 24 refugee families in the micro-district 'Solnechny'. This year we've provided housing to three families. Unfortunately, making more progressive steps is impossible because of absence of quotas on state housing," said Vladimir Ushakov, the chairman of the Committee.

Let us remind you that on January 4 in Zugdidi, a protest action was held by the Georgian refugees living in the former polytechnic college. They demanded to cancel the order for their eviction and blocked the road, but lifted the blockage after arrival of patrol police. Earlier, in August 2010, the Amnesty International criticized the Georgian government for failing to provide decent living conditions for forced migrants from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Author: Mariya Kotayeva; Source: CK correspondent

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