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2008-07-17 | News
National Workshop on the Effective Governance of Labour Migration in Armenia

Today, National Workshop on the Effective Governance of Labour Migration in Armenia took place in Marriott Armenia Hotel. The workshop was organized by the International Labour Organization within the framework of Towards Sustainable Partnerships for the Effective Governance of Labour Migration project.

Today, National Workshop on the Effective Governance of Labour Migration in Armenia took place in Marriott Armenia Hotel. The workshop was organized by the International Labour Organization within the framework of Towards Sustainable Partnerships for the Effective Governance of Labour Migration project.

Mr. Nilim Baruah, ILO Chief Technical Advisor, Mr. Gagik Yeganyan, Head of Migration Agency, RA Ministry of Territorial Administration, Mr. Tadevos Avetissyan, Head of Employment Division at RA Ministry of Labour and Social Issues, Mr. Gagik Makaryan, Executive Director of Employers\' Republican Union and Mr. Boris Kharatyan, Vice-Chairman of the Trade Union Confederation of Armenia opened the workshop attended by state officials, representatives of international and civil society organizations and central and commercial banks, researchers and media.

A survey of external migration processes in Armenia for 1991-1998 estimated net emigration during the period at 760-780,000 persons. This amounts to almost 20% of the population at independence. Around 90 % of labour migrants choose Russia as the country of destination.

While net emigration has fallen since the peak in 1992-94, Armenian migrants continue to make an enormous contribution to the economies of both host and origin countries.

The aim of the workshop was to present two studies: Migration and Development and Remittances and Development, commissioned by the ILO and prepared by international and national experts. The studies looked at skilled migration, return migration and diaspora initiatives, as well as savings and investment potential of remittances in Armenia. As Mr. Baruah stressed in his opening speech: The amount of remittances sent home by Armenian migrants through official channels is over US$ 1 billion or 19% of GDP in 2006. The studies offer recommendations and policies that aim at enhancing the positive impact of migration in Armenia.

The participants of the workshop will have an opportunity to provide their feedback and recommendations to the presented studies. The studies along with the recommendations will be forwarded to the RA Government.

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