Georgian diaspora

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The Georgian diaspora refers to both historical and present emigration from Georgia, the countries with the largest Georgian communities outside Georgia are Turkey and Russia.

Notable people of Georgian descent[edit]

Joseph Stalin, the de facto leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953.
John Shalikashvili, a United States Army General who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Supreme Allied Commander from 1993 to 1997.
  • André Andersen, a Russia-born Danish multi-instrumentalist and composer.
  • David Bagration of Mukhrani, a claimant to the headship of the Royal House of Georgia and to the historical thrones of Georgia.
  • Jorge de Bagration, a Spanish racing car driver of Georgian descent and a claimant to the headship of the Royal House of Georgia and to the historical throne of Georgia.
  • George Balanchine, one of the 20th century's most famous choreographers.
  • David Baramidze, a Georgian-born German chess Grandmaster.
  • David Chavchavadze, an American author and a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer of Georgian-Russian origin.
  • Maryam d'Abo, an English film and television actress.
  • Lasha Darbaidze, a Georgian-born American citizen who holds the positions of Honorary Consul of Georgia and President of the St. George Foundation.
  • Anna Dogonadze, a German athlete of Georgian origin.
  • Vernon Duke, an American composer and songwriter.
  • Wachtang Djobadze, a Georgian art historian who lived in the United States as an émigré.
  • Andrew Eristoff, a Republican Party politician from New York City who serves as New Jersey State Treasurer under Governor Chris Christie.
  • Alex Greenwich, the member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Sydney.
  • Michael Gregor, an aircraft engineer of Georgian origin.
  • Georgiy Gongadze, a Ukrainian journalist of Georgian origin who was kidnapped and murdered in 2000.
  • Elly Heuss-Knapp, a German liberal politician and author.
  • Darren Huckerby, an English former professional footballer and academy coach.
  • Tzipi Hotovely, an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset for the Likud party.
  • Alexander Kartveli, an influential aircraft engineer and a pioneer of American aviation history.
  • David Koma, a Georgian born London based fashion designer.
  • Vitaliy Kononov, a candidate in the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election, nominated by the Green Party of Ukraine.
  • Kola Kwariani, a Georgian-American professional wrestler and chess player.
  • Giorgi Latso, a Georgian-American classical pianist and composer.
  • Georges V. Matchabelli, a Georgian nobleman and diplomat, who immigrated to the United States after the 1921 Soviet invasion of Georgia.
  • Katie Melua, a Georgian-born British singer, songwriter and musician.
  • George Papashvily, a Georgian-American writer and sculptor.
  • Irina Shabayeva, the winner of the sixth season of Project Runway along with her model, Kalyn Hemphill.
  • John Shalikashvili, a United States Army General who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Supreme Allied Commander from 1993 to 1997.
  • Joseph Stalin, the de facto leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953.
  • Tamta, a Greek pop singer famous in Greece and Cyprus.
  • Omari Tetradze, a former football player of Georgian Greek descent who, during his playing career, represented Russia at international level.
  • Jerzy Tumaniszwili, a Polish naval commander of a Georgian aristocratic descent.

Geographic Distribution[edit]

Country ethnic Georgians
 Turkey 100,000-1,500,000
 Russia 157,803
 Iran 100,000
 Ukraine 34,199
 Greece 27,400
 United Kingdom 10,000-15,000
 France 10,000
 Cyprus 5,000-6,000
 Germany 4,500-5,000
 Belarus 3,700-4,000
 Canada 3,155
 Netherlands 2,000
 Belgium 1,000-2,000
 Latvia 1,500
 Spain 1,500
 Italy 1,000
 Moldova 900-1,000
 Estonia 450
 Lithuania 320
 Denmark 200-250
 Norway 150

Destinations[edit]

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

Asia[edit]

See also[edit]