Opening of a Referral Centre for Reintegration | EUNewsletter

Opening of a Referral Centre for Reintegration

26 March 2014

A Referral Centre for Reintegration was established with EU support on 11 March 2014 in Yerevan. The aim of this centre is to provide repatriated Armenians with a one-stop shop for information about reintegration possibilities and referrals to the most appropriate services for assistance.The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and the Head of the State Migration Service of the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration, Gagik Yeganyan, gave speeches during the opening ceremony. Hristea recalled the main points of the agreement on visa facilitation and readmission, while mentioning the importance of establishing a Referral Centre for Reintegration: ‘This centre is related to two main directions – personal reintegration support to those who are returning to Armenia, and the improvement of cooperation and coordination among Armenian state institutions for the benefit of returning migrants. In line with the Mobility Partnership Declaration, this centre shows the importance that the EU attaches to further developing migration management in Armenia and facilitating legal migration and reintegration processes’. He added that this reintegration initiative for Armenia would be complemented by general counselling on social issues, business plan development for start-ups, professional and educational training, Armenian language teaching for children and adults, etc. Yeganyan noted that from now on Armenian nationals would be able to benefit from individual reintegration support at the Referral Centre for Reintegration, established at the State Migration Service within the framework of the “Targeted Initiative for Armenia” project: ‘People who have been away from home for several years face big challenges in the country when they are back. They find themselves in an extremely changed and almost unknown atmosphere, and they already have lost their social connections. The way back home is not an easy process and it is usually stressful. Taking into account all of this, people usually decide to leave again; the desire can be so strong that often they do not think about how to safely migrate. That is why it is important to offer them support after they return home’. The Project Director of “Targeted Initiative for Armenia” Virginie Artot stated that, in order to provide a wide range of support, the State Migration Service and the “Targeted Initiative for Armenia” project would actively cooperate with four organisations to provide reintegration assistance. Currently one counsellor is based at the centre; visits to the centre will have to be made by appointment to ensure sufficient time for the provision of deep and sufficient support. The councillor has the capacity to meet and provide assistance to 10 repatriates on average per day. The “Targeted Initiative for Armenia” project is the flagship project under the Mobility Partnership between the European Union and Armenia. The aim of the project is to strengthen Armenia’s migration management capacities, with a special focus on reintegration activities. The project is being implemented by a consortium of 8 EU member states under the lead of the French Office for Immigration and Integration. The implementation period of the project is 3 years, and the overall budget is €3 million.

Opening of a Referral Centre for Reintegration

A Referral Centre for Reintegration was established with EU support on 11 March 2014 in Yerevan. The aim of this centre is to provide repatriated Armenians with a one-stop shop for information about reintegration possibilities and referrals to the most appropriate services for assistance.The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and the Head of the State Migration Service of the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration, Gagik Yeganyan, gave speeches during the opening ceremony. Hristea recalled the main points of the agreement on visa facilitation and readmission, while mentioning the importance of establishing a Referral Centre for Reintegration: ‘This centre is related to two main directions – personal reintegration support to those who are returning to Armenia, and the improvement of cooperation and coordination among Armenian state institutions for the benefit of returning migrants. In line with the Mobility Partnership Declaration, this centre shows the importance that the EU attaches to further developing migration management in Armenia and facilitating legal migration and reintegration processes’. He added that this reintegration initiative for Armenia would be complemented by general counselling on social issues, business plan development for start-ups, professional and educational training, Armenian language teaching for children and adults, etc. Yeganyan noted that from now on Armenian nationals would be able to benefit from individual reintegration support at the Referral Centre for Reintegration, established at the State Migration Service within the framework of the “Targeted Initiative for Armenia” project: ‘People who have been away from home for several years face big challenges in the country when they are back. They find themselves in an extremely changed and almost unknown atmosphere, and they already have lost their social connections. The way back home is not an easy process and it is usually stressful. Taking into account all of this, people usually decide to leave again; the desire can be so strong that often they do not think about how to safely migrate. That is why it is important to offer them support after they return home’. The Project Director of “Targeted Initiative for Armenia” Virginie Artot stated that, in order to provide a wide range of support, the State Migration Service and the “Targeted Initiative for Armenia” project would actively cooperate with four organisations to provide reintegration assistance. Currently one counsellor is based at the centre; visits to the centre will have to be made by appointment to ensure sufficient time for the provision of deep and sufficient support. The councillor has the capacity to meet and provide assistance to 10 repatriates on average per day. The “Targeted Initiative for Armenia” project is the flagship project under the Mobility Partnership between the European Union and Armenia. The aim of the project is to strengthen Armenia’s migration management capacities, with a special focus on reintegration activities. The project is being implemented by a consortium of 8 EU member states under the lead of the French Office for Immigration and Integration. The implementation period of the project is 3 years, and the overall budget is €3 million.