Migration Reforms in Armenia | EUNewsletter

Migration Reforms in Armenia

9 October 2012

On 9 October 2012 the Armenian State Migration Service of the Ministry of Territorial Administration (SMS), the International Organization for Migration mission in Armenia (IOM) and the International Center for Human Development NGO (ICHD) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on supporting the implementation of actions envisaged under the 2012-2016 action plan for the implementation of the concept for state regulation of migration policy in Armenia and the concept for studying and preventing irregular migration originating from Armenia.
Gagik Yeganyan, the head of SMS, Armen Galstyan, Executive Director of ICHD, and Ilona Ter-Minasyan, the head of IOM in Armenia, participated in the signing ceremony. Ambassador Traian Hristea, head of the EU delegation to Armenia, welcomed participants, stating that ‘Such extensive support from the EU requires strong coordination and cooperation among all key stakeholders and implementing partners. The establishment of such cooperation within civil society, government agencies and inter-governmental organizations enables the implementation of EU assistance. This is an enhancement, which will bring together various experiences and technical forensics’.

The goals and objectives defined by the Memorandum will be achieved through establishing close cooperation within the framework of the EU-funded “Strengthening evidence-based management of labour migration in Armenia” project implemented by ICHD and IOM, the “Preventing irregular migration from Armenia to the Kingdom of Belgium by raising awareness of potential migrants” project, supported by Belgium and implemented by ICHD, and the “Post-arrival assistance to Armenian returnees from the Netherlands” project, supported the Repatriation and Departure Service of the Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands and implemented by ICHD, as well as the “Technical assistance to the Armenian government to initiate labour migration arrangements” project, implemented with the support of IOM. A committee to coordinate actions defined by the Memorandum, as well as a working group on the implementation of actions, will be formed with key stakeholders, beneficiaries and experts.

In late 2011 the Government of Armenia adopted the concept for the policy of state regulation of migration in Armenia. In parallel with this document, the Government of Armenia adopted the concept for studying and preventing irregular migration originating from Armenia. These documents consider reforms in the area of migration management in Armenia and include a number of critical actions, such as supporting efforts to negotiate bilateral labour agreements with partner governments, promoting the rights of Armenian migrants, and analyzing legislation in compliance with EU standards. In addition, an information system for recording migration flows is envisaged, as well as a public awareness campaign on the risks and consequences of irregular migration and opportunities for circular labour migration.

Migration Reforms in Armenia

On 9 October 2012 the Armenian State Migration Service of the Ministry of Territorial Administration (SMS), the International Organization for Migration mission in Armenia (IOM) and the International Center for Human Development NGO (ICHD) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on supporting the implementation of actions envisaged under the 2012-2016 action plan for the implementation of the concept for state regulation of migration policy in Armenia and the concept for studying and preventing irregular migration originating from Armenia. Gagik Yeganyan, the head of SMS, Armen Galstyan, Executive Director of ICHD, and Ilona Ter-Minasyan, the head of IOM in Armenia, participated in the signing ceremony. Ambassador Traian Hristea, head of the EU delegation to Armenia, welcomed participants, stating that ‘Such extensive support from the EU requires strong coordination and cooperation among all key stakeholders and implementing partners. The establishment of such cooperation within civil society, government agencies and inter-governmental organizations enables the implementation of EU assistance. This is an enhancement, which will bring together various experiences and technical forensics’. The goals and objectives defined by the Memorandum will be achieved through establishing close cooperation within the framework of the EU-funded “Strengthening evidence-based management of labour migration in Armenia” project implemented by ICHD and IOM, the “Preventing irregular migration from Armenia to the Kingdom of Belgium by raising awareness of potential migrants” project, supported by Belgium and implemented by ICHD, and the “Post-arrival assistance to Armenian returnees from the Netherlands” project, supported the Repatriation and Departure Service of the Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands and implemented by ICHD, as well as the “Technical assistance to the Armenian government to initiate labour migration arrangements” project, implemented with the support of IOM. A committee to coordinate actions defined by the Memorandum, as well as a working group on the implementation of actions, will be formed with key stakeholders, beneficiaries and experts. In late 2011 the Government of Armenia adopted the concept for the policy of state regulation of migration in Armenia. In parallel with this document, the Government of Armenia adopted the concept for studying and preventing irregular migration originating from Armenia. These documents consider reforms in the area of migration management in Armenia and include a number of critical actions, such as supporting efforts to negotiate bilateral labour agreements with partner governments, promoting the rights of Armenian migrants, and analyzing legislation in compliance with EU standards. In addition, an information system for recording migration flows is envisaged, as well as a public awareness campaign on the risks and consequences of irregular migration and opportunities for circular labour migration. [gallery link="file"]