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Georgians disillusioned over economic success

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Georgians disillusioned over economic success


Revelations of appalling abuse in the country’s jails have galvanised anti-government feeling in Georgia.

But many in the country were already unhappy with their general standard of living.

The GDP is on the rise, but so is unemployment, currently standing at 15 percent.

And for those who do work, the average monthly wage is just 340 euros.

“People realise there is not enough money, or jobs or welfare to go round,” says analyst Paata Sheshelidze, “and that is why they are angry. Social redistribution has not encompassed everyone.”

And this dissatisfaction is being felt on the streets.
Asked for her opinion as she kept an eye on her children in a playground, one woman admitted to Euronews; “I thought it would mean there was work for everyone, especially young people, and health care for everyone as well.”

The World Bank has named Georgia a “top reformer”. While this may be good news in terms of business, for everyday Georgians living in Tbilisi it is clearly not enough.

Euronews’ correspondent Sergio Cantone says: “Macro-economic indicators suggest that Georgia is growing. However, this growth is not being reflected in the distribution of resources, especially at state welfare level. This is due to two main factors, the Russian embargo on Georgian exports and the absence of an association agreement with the EU.”

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