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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’.