WHY ARE ARMENIANS LEAVING ARMENIA?

Presentation of reasons behind emigration at the Rotary Club of Yerevan

On November 13th, 2013, DEPOP group members from the research team of the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University presented the findings of “The Depopulation Crisis in Armenia” research project to the Rotary Club of Yerevan. The audience of the presentation consisted of representatives of the Armenian government, business sector and non-for-profit organizations.

The research team illustrated the statistical data on demographic trends by the RA National Statistical Service and World Bank. The participants of the presentation learned about the methodology used for the research, as well as discrepancies between different sources of information that reveal common trends in demographic flows.

The DEPOP team representatives also presented Israel’s experience in repopulation as a case study that could be an example for Armenia. The Club representatives were interested in similarities and differences between Armenia and Israel, as well as aspects that could be borrowed from Israel’s experience to build better immigration policy for Armenia. The Club representatives recommended the DEPOP group to look into the immigration experience of Ireland as well.

The Rotary Club of Yerevan and DEPOP team representatives discussed conclusions and recommendations for improving Armenia’s business climate and rule of law for the purpose of keeping people in Armenia and attracting immigrants.