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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.