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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’.