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  • Rethinking Migration: Dashnaks Say National Security At Risk; Introd

    SOCIETY | 18.09.13 | 14:38


    ArmeniaNow reporter

    The new project "We Are Going to Live in Our Country", developed by the
    Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun, aims at suspending
    the alarmingly growing migration rates, which experts say threaten
    the national security of Armenia.

    Armen Rustamyan, Armenian Revolutionary Party (ARF) faction member,
    says Armenia has always had high migration rates, however, the dynamics
    has changed over the years, causing serious demographic issues.

    "Migration is a complex issue, reflecting all the shortcomings,
    failures, mistakes we have made since independence and have been
    unable to solve them. It would be wrong to wait for power turnover
    then take up that issue. Urgent steps have to be made today, now.

    Migration is like hemorrhage for the body, it has to be stopped right
    away, so that the body can start recuperation," says Rustamyan.

    The project consists of 11 main points embracing all the fundamental
    spheres of life.

    ARF MP Artsvik Minasyan says the project suggests that first of all
    business and politics be separated, new employment opportunities be
    created with fair payment system, predictable tax and customs policies,
    shift from social to industrial agriculture. It also provides for
    making education more affordable and turning its management system
    apolitical, introducing compulsory medical insurance, raising the
    level of national security.

    "We suggest that those officials be replaced who exhibit
    anti-Christian, anti-humanity behavior, stirring obvious negative
    public sentiments; restrictions be set for public servants, such as -
    a public servant has no right to show up at a casino, purchase real
    estate or make any other investments outside the country during his/her
    tenure; in the personnel policy appointments by party affiliation
    be ruled out, with the exception of separate state positions,"
    details Minasyan.

    To the question who among the officials they see as deserving of
    replacement, Dashnaks say they have decided not to disclose any names,
    because the main responsibility for the project implementation is
    on the authorities and the authorities tend to start protecting
    those people whose names get voiced. "For that reason we have left
    that part to wait until the last stage of discussions of the project
    drafted on the basis of common sense. Then we will submit it to the
    authorities along with a package with names and positions of those
    evoking negative public sentiments in Armenia," says Minasyan.

    It takes cooperation to carry out any project, they say, which does
    not mean, however, they are returning to coalition.

    "If we set a goal to raise the governance efficiency in the country,
    and levers of supervision have to be handed to the opposition, then
    that's cooperation too - cooperation for the sake of the development
    of our state, however, not guided by the principle of coalitional
    administration," explains Minasyan.

    Dashnaks say the government has to assume liabilities in the project
    implementation, while the opposition, media, civil society, the church,
    Diaspora, intelligentsia, the youth - all have their share of work
    to do.

    The State Migration Service data for the first term of 2013 shows
    that the number of those departing from Armenia exceeded that of
    the arrivals by 95,000. The greater share of departures (617,411)
    and arrivals (563,931) was by automobile transport, the negative
    balance was 53,480. The respective numbers for air transport was
    390,996 and 350,342, with the negative balance being 40,654. The
    numbers of arrival/departures by buses and minibuses were 8,574 and
    7,696 respectively, hence the negative balance made 878 people.