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Mitigating the consequences of labour migration

15 May 2013

An EU-funded project aimed at mitigating the social consequences of labour migration for families and communities in Armenia was launched on 3 April.
The three-year project is implemented by UNICEF together with the Armenian Ministries of Labour and Social Issues and Territorial Administration.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, who was among the guests of the launch event, noted that migration was one of the key problems Armenia had faced since independence: ‘The European Union attaches great importance to improving countries’ migration management and can provide large-scale assistance to strengthen the institutional capacity to prevent illegal migration, facilitate circular migration, and strengthen migrants’ reintegration in Armenia’. Hristea added that the goal of the project was to reduce the social vulnerability of labour migrants, families and communities in four target regions: Lori, Tavush, Gegharkunik and Shirak.

The project includes a number of activities to promote the development of community-based social projects which will address the needs of migrants’ families, and improve skills and cooperation among various social services to provide better support for affected families.

UNICEF Deputy Regional Director, Kirsi Madi, was in Armenia for the first time to attend the event.

‘The implementation of this project will not only contribute to the improvement of lives of families effected by labour migration, but will also help communities by mobilising migrants’ and the diaspora’s various resources to develop affected communities’, she said.

For years labour migration has been seen as a coping mechanism for families and communities to overcome poverty and address other challenges posed by unemployment in Armenia. The side effects of labour migration on families, especially children and women, are considerable, such as psychosocial problems, exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, a lack of adequate care, and reduced access to health and education services.

The total budget for the project is €1,000,000.

Mitigating the consequences of labour migration

An EU-funded project aimed at mitigating the social consequences of labour migration for families and communities in Armenia was launched on 3 April. The three-year project is implemented by UNICEF together with the Armenian Ministries of Labour and Social Issues and Territorial Administration. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, who was among the guests of the launch event, noted that migration was one of the key problems Armenia had faced since independence: 'The European Union attaches great importance to improving countries’ migration management and can provide large-scale assistance to strengthen the institutional capacity to prevent illegal migration, facilitate circular migration, and strengthen migrants' reintegration in Armenia'. Hristea added that the goal of the project was to reduce the social vulnerability of labour migrants, families and communities in four target regions: Lori, Tavush, Gegharkunik and Shirak. The project includes a number of activities to promote the development of community-based social projects which will address the needs of migrants' families, and improve skills and cooperation among various social services to provide better support for affected families. UNICEF Deputy Regional Director, Kirsi Madi, was in Armenia for the first time to attend the event. 'The implementation of this project will not only contribute to the improvement of lives of families effected by labour migration, but will also help communities by mobilising migrants’ and the diaspora's various resources to develop affected communities', she said. For years labour migration has been seen as a coping mechanism for families and communities to overcome poverty and address other challenges posed by unemployment in Armenia. The side effects of labour migration on families, especially children and women, are considerable, such as psychosocial problems, exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, a lack of adequate care, and reduced access to health and education services. The total budget for the project is €1,000,000.