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EU project creates better future for 400 Armenians

27 June 2016
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The project results and challenges of the EU’s migration project focusing on maximising the social and economic impact of migration for a better future in Armenia were presented to the Armenian press on 21 June 2016. Within this EU-funded migration project, jobs and income for 400 Armenians have been created over the past three years.
The project has involved Armenians at risk of leaving Lori marz due to lack of job and income opportunities. Individual grants have been given along with training on household-level honey, vegetable and animal production, marketing and how to run a business, which have kept families together. The cooperation between the Italian NGO “CISP” and the Armenian State Migration Service has been positive.
The project has also contributed to the definition and implementation of effective policies on migration and local development by strengthening the positive impact of migration on socio-economic development.
CISP has developed a document, in cooperation with the Armenian State Migration Service, which will be included in the implementation of the concept of state regulation on migration 2017-2020 action plan.
CISP also cooperated with the Vanadzor Economic State Development Centre and local state authorities. Financial assistance has been provided to 13 entrepreneurs and small family businesses, and more than 400 people have received technical assistance. With the launch of these businesses, some family members of businessmen and -women returned from abroad to support the development of the new businesses and to give a hand to their native communities.
The Deputy Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation, Jose-Maria Medina Navarro, spoke on behalf of the EU and underlined the importance of projects working on migration: ‘We are aware that Armenia has a huge diaspora and huge migration, but migration should not be seen as only a disadvantage – the idea of this project is turning it into an advantage. If people leave a country for certain reasons, they can also return for other reasons! In Armenia we have many migration projects through which we have already invested more than €10 million’.

EU project creates better future for 400 Armenians

The project results and challenges of the EU's migration project focusing on maximising the social and economic impact of migration for a better future in Armenia were presented to the Armenian press on 21 June 2016. Within this EU-funded migration project, jobs and income for 400 Armenians have been created over the past three years. The project has involved Armenians at risk of leaving Lori marz due to lack of job and income opportunities. Individual grants have been given along with training on household-level honey, vegetable and animal production, marketing and how to run a business, which have kept families together. The cooperation between the Italian NGO “CISP” and the Armenian State Migration Service has been positive. The project has also contributed to the definition and implementation of effective policies on migration and local development by strengthening the positive impact of migration on socio-economic development. CISP has developed a document, in cooperation with the Armenian State Migration Service, which will be included in the implementation of the concept of state regulation on migration 2017-2020 action plan. CISP also cooperated with the Vanadzor Economic State Development Centre and local state authorities. Financial assistance has been provided to 13 entrepreneurs and small family businesses, and more than 400 people have received technical assistance. With the launch of these businesses, some family members of businessmen and -women returned from abroad to support the development of the new businesses and to give a hand to their native communities. The Deputy Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation, Jose-Maria Medina Navarro, spoke on behalf of the EU and underlined the importance of projects working on migration: ‘We are aware that Armenia has a huge diaspora and huge migration, but migration should not be seen as only a disadvantage – the idea of this project is turning it into an advantage. If people leave a country for certain reasons, they can also return for other reasons! In Armenia we have many migration projects through which we have already invested more than €10 million’.