Emigration as high as up to 50 families a day?


Chorrord Ishkhanutyun reports that according to official information, the number of Armenians who emigrated in 2013 was 42,000. The web site reports that in 2012 the number of emigrants was 50,000. In consideration of the fact that most emigrants are young families with one child at average, we may assume that emigration from Armenia in 2012-2013 was as high as up to fifty families a day.

Below is the report by News.am on data published by Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.

According to official data, the number of those who departed from Armenia in 2013 is more than those who arrived in the country by about 42 thousand, Chorrord Ishkhanutyun newspaper reported.

“At first glance it might seem this is the official indicator of emigration but, in reality, this is not so. The 42 thousand is the number of those people who permanently left the country.

“The real emigration picture is quite different because hundreds of thousands of people head to Russia in the Spring and return in December, but the official statistics does not count this as emigration.

“[But] studying the overall passenger flow [to and from Armenia], the picture is as follows: In 2013, those who arrived in Armenia and those who departed from Armenia have increased by about 18 percent. In other words, the number of [Armenia’s] migrant workers increased by about 18 percent last year.

“As for the ‘official’ emigration of 42 thousand, the NSS [Armenian National Statistical Service] notes that this number dropped by 15.4 percent as compared to 2012.

“In fact, about 50 thousand people ‘officially’ emigrated from Armenia in 2012,” Chorrord Ishkhanutyun wrote.

Source: http://news.am/eng/reviews/8368.html

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