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On 26 April, the EU-funded “Promoting the Integration of Syrian Armenians” project officially ended. A presentation on the project’s achievements, which began in April 2015, was also held. The aim of the project was to promote the integration of Syrian Armenians into economic activities and children’s education, and was implemented in Yerevan, Shirak, Lori, Kotayk, Aragatsotn, Ararat and Armavir marzes.  Armenian Red Cross managed this project financed by the European Union (94.1 %) and co-financed the Austrian Red Cross (5.9%).
The http://www.job-syrianarmenians.am webpage was created to promote economic integration; the site allows employers to find Syrian Armenian employees quickly. Based on labour market research, consultations were organised for Syrian Armenians, enabling them to get acquainted with labour market requirements and legislation. They were also provided with necessary working tools to renew and develop businesses more easily.
Socio-cultural events were organised in schools and public places to raise awareness and to integrate. Over 5,000 schoolchildren were involved in educational activities, including 800 Syrian Armenians.
Junior Professional of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia Caroline Steiner and Secretary General of Armenian Red Cross Society Anna Yeghiazaryan also attended the event.

IMG_1201Steiner thanked all partner organisations involved in the project and passed on messages on behalf of the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Świtalski: ‘This project was launched at a time when Armenia was receiving a substantial number of Syrian refugees. The government estimates that as many as 23,000 Syrian refugees have come to Armenia. Many have now left, but a substantial number are still here and have been trying to integrate. The European Union sees it important to support the integration of Syrian refugees. While most Syrian refugees in Armenia are living in Yerevan and wish to stay here in the capital, the project has had important outreach to those refugees who went to the marzes. The EU has supported their further integration, employment and other efforts to generate family income and will be continuing the support to Syrians in all countries where they have sought protection’.

IMG_1200Yeghiazaryan praised the project’s results: ‘The Armenian Red Cross initially responded to the issues of Syrian Armenians in April 2012 in cooperation with the Armenian Ministry of Diaspora. We have tried to integrate refugees into our existing programmes, so that our efforts ensure they can have dignity and live in security. The European Union’s financing allowed us to expand our activities in 2015’.

The start of the EU-funded project called “Promoting Integration of Syrian Armenians” was announced on 9 April 2015. The aim of the project is to promote the integration of Syrian Armenians regarding economic activities and children’s education. The project will be implemented in Yerevan, Shirak, Lori, Kotayk, Aragatsotn, Ararat and Armavir regions, starting from March 2015 till February 2017. All Syrian Armenian families currently residing in Armenia will be targeted by the economic component of the project, as well as over 1000 schoolchildren will be involved in educational activities. The project will be implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society.
ARS_6530Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, underlined the importance of the project with his own life experience. “I am really proud of being European today knowing that seventy percent of all this efforts for refugees around the world are coming from the EU citizens. We hope and we believe that this project will promote and ensure better integration of Syrian Armenians, especially in terms of economic opportunities and education. I am personally touched with this project and support to Syrian Armenians, when I remember that my ancestors were deported 100 years ago because of the massacres and ended up in Aleppo. Some of my ancestors in Aleppo decided to move to Marseille, and made of me a proud European French Vietnamese Armenian. Sharing the difficulties of the Syrian Armenians, remembering the suffering of my ancestors 100 years ago, I hope and am sure that this project will support people”.
Secretary General of Armenian Red Cross Society, Anna Yeghiazaryan, talked about their readiness to support Syrian Armenians. “In different angles of the world, wars are continued and in the 21st century people continue suffering from poverty. Among them are also Syrian Armenians. As an organisation auxiliary to the government in humanitarian sphere and led by its mission to prevent the reduce human sufferings, Armenian Red Cross Society could not remain indifferent to the problems of Syrian Armenians, forced to migrate to Armenia as a result of Civil War in Syria, and started to help them from the very first day of their arrival since 2012”.
The following main activities will be implemented in the framework of the economic component of the project: database on professional job background will be developed, follow-up job coaching will be conducted, the beneficiaries will take part on vocational and language trainings and receive start-up funding for economic activities. The educational activities for children will concentrate on integration, school equipment and stationery and peer to peer approach.
The project is financed by the European Union (contribution – 94.1 %) and the Austrian Red Cross (contribution – 5.9%).