28 April 06

Between 2002 and 2005 147 000 citizens left Armenia. In the past
several years the continuous migration of people from Armenia is often
illegal. These people often lack knowledge of migration and other laws
of the country they leave for. The Armenian branch of the Czech-based
Man in Trouble NGO conducted a survey from February 24 till March 10
to trace the cause of the outflow of people, which has already become
a tradition in our country. The results of the poll suggest that 56.9
per cent do not have any income, 13 percent earn very little, and only
9 percent earn 50-200 thousand drams monthly. By the results of the
same poll, 9.8 per cent of people appeared in a camp of refugees, 4.9
percent had legal jobs abroad, 7.3 percent worked illegally. 26
percent of questioned people would sell their house to leave abroad.

During the poll the citizens suggested legislative reforms, social and
economic improvement and protection of human rights as the best ways
of struggle against migration. They say no one would leave Armenia if
these things were guaranteed.

Since 2005 there is a hotline at Man in Trouble NGO. 475 citizens have
already called. Statistics shows that the callers are people of
different social classes who want to find out how they can get a legal
job in Europe, live there permanently, get a status of a refugee and
study there.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress