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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’.

On 4 November 2014 a closing ceremony was held for the EU’s twinning project named “Support to the State Migration Service for the Strengthening of Migration Management in Armenia”. High-ranking officials from Sweden and Poland (the implementing EU Member States), the Armenian government, the EU Delegation to Armenia, and other diplomatic organisations were in attendance.
The principal beneficiary of this EU-funded project was the State Migration Service of the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration. It was launched on 7 August 2012 and consisted of 3 components: approximation of legislation, strengthening of migration management and asylum and migration data processing.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, elaborated on EU support in this field: ‘The EU attaches great importance to further developing migration flow management in Armenia. We provide key support and institutional capacity to manage migration as well as to facilitate legal migration and the re-integration of returned migrants into society. Today we mark the completion of the EU twinning project, implemented together with the State Migration Service. I am glad to see that this project brought Armenia closer to European legislation and best practices on migration’.  He added that migration would remain a priority area for the EU and that the EU would continue to support Armenia through the mobility partnership.
The Deputy Minister of the Territorial Administration spoke on the importance of reducing migration: ‘The Armenian government highly appreciates the effort to fight migration. In October 2011 the mobility partnership agreement was signed by 10 EU member states; the first practical activities within the scope of this agreement were launched in October 2013. While we have been actively engaged in migration-fighting programmes, no contribution has been made to promote immigration. This is where we needed the experience of European experts and professionals’.
The project was implemented by the Swedish Migration Board and the Polish Ministry of the Interior, and funded by the EU with a budget of €1 million.

A workshop on the interrelations between public policies, migration and development in Armenia was organised on 28 October. The event was organised within the framework of an EU-funded project dedicated to these interrelations in partner countries. The project is implemented by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Centre in ten selected countries. The project has the full ownership of the local relevant authorities, i.e. it is a state-owned and state-driven process, which implies that the main target group is governments willing to contribute to reflections on linkages between migration patterns, migration policies and other sectorial policies.IMG_9453

The Deputy Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation, Jose-Maria Medina Navarro, talked about the importance of fighting migration: ‘The European Union provides large-scale assistance to Armenia in an effort to strengthen the institutional capacity to manage the effects of migration through an evidence-based approach, to prevent illegal migration, and to simplify the procedures for circular migration, as well as promote migrants’ reintegration into society within the framework of the EU-Armenia Mobility Partnership’. He added that migration could be a challenge due to population reduction, but also a good opportunity for an economy if the appropriate conditions are enabled.

Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration Artashes Bakhshyan highly appreciated OECD activities in Armenia: ‘Research on international experience has shown that, in other countries, migration affects economic growth and development. However, in Armenia, it is also an issue contributing to population reduction’.

The workshop served as a dialogue platform for Armenian stakeholder discussions on the migration-development nexus, current priorities, and exisiting policies. It was aimed at helping to prioritise key sectors for study and will in future serve as an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the project and future activities in Armenia.

The expected results of this project include the reinforcement of partner countries’ capacities to take the dimensions of migration, better understanding of the impact of public policies, and evidence-based knowledge of the significance of migration in target countries’ development strategies.

The signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding on the Financing and Implementation of Community Social Projects under an EU-funded project took place at the Ministry of Territorial Administration on 10 September. The document was signed within the framework of the “Social response to Labour Migration” project, which is aimed at reducing social vulnerability in Lori, Gegharkunik and Shirak regions through the provision of tailored social services and the best use of migrants’ financial and intellectual resources.

‘The European Union provides large scale assistance to Armenia in an effort to strengthen the institutional capacity to manage the effects of migration through an evidence based approach, prevent illegal migration and simplify the procedures for circular migration, as well as to promote migrants’ reintegration into the society within the framework of the EU-Armenia Mobility Partnership,’ noted Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation in Armenia.

Armen Gevorgyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Territorial Administration, stated: ‘This document is a rare example of cooperation between ministries, international organisations and communities. We should keep working so that the outcomes of our activities are visible soon. I am hopeful that this will become one of those projects that will serve as a foundation for further development in the regions’.

UNICEF representative in Armenia Henriette Ahrens noted that UNICEF was determined to assist the elderly relatives and children of temporary migrant families: ‘We will support them socially and educationally. We want to ensure social prosperity and education, the two main aspects of a developing society. I am very proud that we were able to involve so many partners in this important activity’.

The EU-funded “Social response to Labour Migration” project will provide a variety of home-based services, such as care, psychological support, counselling, education, and basic healthcare interventions. These services will be delivered by qualified social workers and will also engage secondary school students on a voluntary basis.

The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Artem Asatryan, spoke on preparatory work for the project: ‘We launched initial activities last year: over 50 professionals were involved in training courses so that later they could provide tailor-made support to thousands of people. Within the framework of this project we expect to open 54-56 specialised centres, where individuals can receive solutions to their social issues. This, in the end, will lead to creation of a social workers’ institute’.