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Migration and Development I II III

Project Duration: 01.03.2010- 28.02.2019

Number of Beneficiaries: 

  1. Returnees from the EU: till now 484 persons, 218 families, till the end of 2019 will be accepted 70-80 RA citizens annually
  2. Young people from communities having high migration risks 565 potential migrants (retraining courses and job fairs’ participants)
  3. Awareness raising campaigns for population of high migration-risk communities and university students total 583 participants
  4. 60 returnees from EU, young entrepreneurs from communities having high migration risks and Syrian Armenians, provided 60 interest free loans
  5. Population of high migration-risk communities, total 9000 people and implemented 6 community development projects.

Location: Yerevan, all regions of Armenia

Overall objective:

  1. To contribute to the socio-economic reintegration of returnees from the EU/Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein
  2. To contribute to building community resilience and to decrease the level of emigration
  3. To increase awareness on the risks related to illegal migration and the options for safe migration.

Target groups:

  • Voluntary and deported returnees from EU, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • Potential migrants /students, young generation, unemployed population of RA/.
  • Population from the high migration-risk communities.
  • Communities which have returnees from EU.
  • Public at large.

Activities:

1. To assist to the socio-economic (re)integration of returnees and migrants.

  • Design of individual reintegration plans according returnees needs and Development of the internal regulations on the social assistance distribution
  • Provision of tailor-made legal and social assistance to returnees from EU/EWR countries
  • Provision of economic assistance to returnees and migrants (including refugees) by organization of trainings and involvement of experts to support recovery of non-successful start-ups
  • Support to the improvement of returnees‟ and migrants‟ employment opportunities
  • Provision of compatible employment opportunities to returnees and refugees

2. To contribute to building community resilience and to decrease the level of emigration.

  • Provision of grants for community development cooperating with other actors in the field.
  • Support to start-up initiatives of community members providing them interest free loans
  • Support to the improvement of employment opportunities of potential migrants from high migration-risk communities via tailor-made vocational trainings

3.To increase awareness on the risks related to illegal migration and the options for safe migration.

  • Organization of awareness raising sessions/seminars in schools, universities by sharing realistic information on challenges of illegal migration and opportunities of safe migration communities with high rate of migration
  • Assistance to “Migration Mobile Resource center” project in cooperation with State Employment Agency and special experts to provide information on illegal migration in different regions and communities in Armenia.
  • Awareness raising by supporting media representatives, by publishing booklets, leaflets, etc.
  • Provide the project publicity and cooperation with various states, local and international organizations through designing and developing reintegration mechanisms.
  • Provide participation in the state migration policy development and implementation.

Funding Partners: Lichtenstein Government, Caritas Austria

Budget: 1 230 944 €

Project manager: Lusine Stepanyan

Coordinator: Armine Yepremyan