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A Memorandum for Circular Migration

5 April 2013
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First Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Affairs of Armenia, Araik Petrosyan, and the Director of the People in Need Office in Armenia, Sarah Carrade, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 26 March 2013 as part of a new EU funded project on migration.
The EU Delegation to Armenia hosted the MoU event. Traian Hristea, the Head of the Delegation, welcomed the MoU by stressing that the Mobility Partnership Joint Declaration signed between Armenia and the European Union and its 10 member states in October 2011 was a comprehensive framework document which set clear key priorities for EU-Armenia dialogue on cooperation and migration issues: ‘The European Union attaches great importance to developing migration flow management in Armenia, to providing assistance to develop institutional capacity, and to facilitating legal migration. Supporting circular migration and reintegration processes in Armenia strengthens the protection of the rights of Armenian citizens migrating abroad. It also aims to support economic stabilisation and reintegration of labour, as well as contributing to the prevention of irregular migration’.
The new EU-funded “Support to the Circular Migration and Reintegration Process in Armenia” initiative is being implemented by the People in Need Office in Armenia jointly with the Armenian Relief Society. People in Need is a Czech organization which provides humanitarian aid, supports human rights and implements social integration and development programmes.

Deputy Minister Petrosyan presented the key activities of the project by dividing them into 4 strategic directions: ‘The first and most important direction is the prevention of migration. In this case our aim is to offer people specific employment, income, as well as psychological and public advice so that they drop their idea to leave the country. The second direction is to help citizens who have already decided to leave. First of all, it is about increasing awareness of people’s political and social rights, and providing knowledge on the laws of the countries for which they are leaving’.

Petrosyan went on by explaining the third direction of reintegration, i.e. when people decide to return to Armenia and experience difficulties, for example shelter, children’s education amd health. However, the most important issue is to provide returning migrants with employment.

The final direction concerns institutional capacity building, which includes government, members of regional authorities and other project beneficiaries.

The project was launched in February 2013 with a planned duration of 30 months and a budget of €1 million. It will cover the Yerevan, Ararat, Armavir, Syunik and Vayots Dzor regions.

A Memorandum for Circular Migration

First Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Affairs of Armenia, Araik Petrosyan, and the Director of the People in Need Office in Armenia, Sarah Carrade, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 26 March 2013 as part of a new EU funded project on migration. The EU Delegation to Armenia hosted the MoU event. Traian Hristea, the Head of the Delegation, welcomed the MoU by stressing that the Mobility Partnership Joint Declaration signed between Armenia and the European Union and its 10 member states in October 2011 was a comprehensive framework document which set clear key priorities for EU-Armenia dialogue on cooperation and migration issues: ‘The European Union attaches great importance to developing migration flow management in Armenia, to providing assistance to develop institutional capacity, and to facilitating legal migration. Supporting circular migration and reintegration processes in Armenia strengthens the protection of the rights of Armenian citizens migrating abroad. It also aims to support economic stabilisation and reintegration of labour, as well as contributing to the prevention of irregular migration’. The new EU-funded “Support to the Circular Migration and Reintegration Process in Armenia” initiative is being implemented by the People in Need Office in Armenia jointly with the Armenian Relief Society. People in Need is a Czech organization which provides humanitarian aid, supports human rights and implements social integration and development programmes. Deputy Minister Petrosyan presented the key activities of the project by dividing them into 4 strategic directions: ‘The first and most important direction is the prevention of migration. In this case our aim is to offer people specific employment, income, as well as psychological and public advice so that they drop their idea to leave the country. The second direction is to help citizens who have already decided to leave. First of all, it is about increasing awareness of people’s political and social rights, and providing knowledge on the laws of the countries for which they are leaving'. Petrosyan went on by explaining the third direction of reintegration, i.e. when people decide to return to Armenia and experience difficulties, for example shelter, children's education amd health. However, the most important issue is to provide returning migrants with employment. The final direction concerns institutional capacity building, which includes government, members of regional authorities and other project beneficiaries. The project was launched in February 2013 with a planned duration of 30 months and a budget of €1 million. It will cover the Yerevan, Ararat, Armavir, Syunik and Vayots Dzor regions.