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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.