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Discussion: Migration Rate and Associated Issues in Armenia in 2016-2017


09.02.2017
Every year we have around 15-20 thousand people leaving Armenia permanently.

UNFPA Armenia participated at a discussion in Media Center devoted to the issue of migration in Armenia in 2016-2017.   Mr. Ruben Yeganyan, demographer, Mrs. Hranush Kharatyan, ethnographer, and Mrs. Anna Hovhannisyan, project coordinator for UNFPA Armenia "Support to implementation of population policies" project were the speakers at the discussion. 

 "This is a systemic phenomenon connected with our social, economic, political and pschological realities. Every year we have around 15-20 thousand people leaving Armenia permanently", says Mr. Yeganyan.

He refered to annual sociological studies of migration conducted with Armenian-Russian (Slavonic) University. According to 2016 study, the ratio between permanent migrants and temporary migrants has changed in favour of the former.

"The study showed that 47 per cent of migrant are working migrants and 53 per cent are permanent migrants. Migrants have been and will be leaving the country due to socio-economic conditions. However, financial inflows from migrants have decreased around 2.5 times since 2013. In 2015 remittances amounted to 245 mln USD, while in 2016 they amounted to 201 mln USD," says Mr. Yeganyan.

According to him, the real picture will become clearer after the next census. 

In ethnographer Hranush Kharatyan's opinion, the internal situation in the country is the cause for the migration.

He refered to annual sociological studies of migration conducted with Armenian-Russian (Slavonic) University. According to 2016 study, the ratio between permanent migrants and temporary migrants has changed in favour of the former.

"The study showed that 47 per cent of migrant are working migrants and 53 per cent are permanent migrants. Migrants have been and will be leaving the country due to socio-economic conditions. However, financial inflows from migrants have decreased around 2.5 times since 2013. In 2015 remittances amounted to 245 mln USD, while in 2016 they amounted to 201 mln USD," says Mr. Yeganyan.

 According to him, the real picture will become clearer after the next census.

In ethnographer Hranush Kharatyan's opinion, the internal situation in the country is the cause for the migration.

She added that in 2017 UNFPA Armenia is planning a new study on fertility preferences and other demographic issues to assess changes in population behavior.

Watch the discussion in Armenian here.