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Safe migration

5 April 2013

A new three-year EU-funded project, “Targeted Initiatives for Armenia”, was launched on 22 March 2013. The aim of the project is to strengthen Armenia’s management capacities, with a special focus on reintegration activities. The project is being implemented by the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII).
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, delivered a welcoming speech at the opening conference, which was also attended by the French Ambassador to Armenia, Henri Reynaud, the General Director of the OFII, Yannick Imbert, and others.
Hristea stressed that the project had been realised within the framework of the EU-Armenia Mobility Partnership, an instrument to foster legal migration between the EU and EU Neighbourhood Countries: ‘In light of the Mobility Partnership Declaration the EU attaches great importance to further developing migration law management in Armenia and provides it with substantial assistance to strengthen the institutional capacities to manage migration, as well as to facilitate legal migration and migrant reintegration processes’.
The project should increase the capacities and competentencies of the Armenian authorities and civil society to actively support return and reintegration, including the social and economic reintegration of (voluntarily or involuntarily) returning Armenian nationals.

The project is also aimed at facilitating opportunities for legal migration, at warning against the risks of irregular migration, and at strengthening the positive impact of migration on Armenia’s social development with the engagement of Armenian diaspora associations.

Imbert spoke about his personal and important commitment towards the project and that the OFII had great expectations for its successful implementation, stressing the importance of the role of the other EU partner countries in it.

Experts and organisations have been invited from Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania to participate in the project.

The project targets the Armenian central and local authorities, the diaspora, local and international organisations, potential migrants, Armenian migrants in the EU, returning migrants to Armenia, and the Armenian general public.

The Armenian Deputy Minister of the Diaspora, David Karapetian, noted that repatriation and reintegration projects were extremely important for Armenia, as two thirds of the Armenian people lived abroad and migration flows were very active: ‘We currently deal with repatriation and reintegration every day in Armenia, particularly the problems faced by Syrian Armenians. Although there is a clear government policy for addressing these problems, there are still social and economic integration difficulties which are specific not only for Syrian Armenians but also anyone repatriating to Armenia.

The budget of the project is €3,000,000.

Safe migration

A new three-year EU-funded project, “Targeted Initiatives for Armenia”, was launched on 22 March 2013. The aim of the project is to strengthen Armenia's management capacities, with a special focus on reintegration activities. The project is being implemented by the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII). The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, delivered a welcoming speech at the opening conference, which was also attended by the French Ambassador to Armenia, Henri Reynaud, the General Director of the OFII, Yannick Imbert, and others. Hristea stressed that the project had been realised within the framework of the EU-Armenia Mobility Partnership, an instrument to foster legal migration between the EU and EU Neighbourhood Countries: 'In light of the Mobility Partnership Declaration the EU attaches great importance to further developing migration law management in Armenia and provides it with substantial assistance to strengthen the institutional capacities to manage migration, as well as to facilitate legal migration and migrant reintegration processes'. The project should increase the capacities and competentencies of the Armenian authorities and civil society to actively support return and reintegration, including the social and economic reintegration of (voluntarily or involuntarily) returning Armenian nationals. The project is also aimed at facilitating opportunities for legal migration, at warning against the risks of irregular migration, and at strengthening the positive impact of migration on Armenia's social development with the engagement of Armenian diaspora associations. Imbert spoke about his personal and important commitment towards the project and that the OFII had great expectations for its successful implementation, stressing the importance of the role of the other EU partner countries in it. Experts and organisations have been invited from Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania to participate in the project. The project targets the Armenian central and local authorities, the diaspora, local and international organisations, potential migrants, Armenian migrants in the EU, returning migrants to Armenia, and the Armenian general public. The Armenian Deputy Minister of the Diaspora, David Karapetian, noted that repatriation and reintegration projects were extremely important for Armenia, as two thirds of the Armenian people lived abroad and migration flows were very active: 'We currently deal with repatriation and reintegration every day in Armenia, particularly the problems faced by Syrian Armenians. Although there is a clear government policy for addressing these problems, there are still social and economic integration difficulties which are specific not only for Syrian Armenians but also anyone repatriating to Armenia. The budget of the project is €3,000,000.