YEREVAN, October 2. /ARKA/. Gagik Makaryan, chairman of the National Union of Employers of Armenia, answering Wednesday journalists’ questions at a conference focused on labor migration and the policy of development of former soviet republics, said only two or three percent of labor migrants from Armenia come back to their homeland for permanent residing.
“Remarkable is that even these people are reluctant to return, but they have to do it for some reasons,” he said.
He said that these returned migrants’ capacity should be used in Armenia, since they have obtained new skills abroad. However, their capacity is not used to its full extent, and this may prompt them to leave their country for the second time.
Tadevos Avetisyan, chief of the labor ministry’s division in charge of employment, presenting things, said that the ministry is developing some documents to improve the situation.
Among them, he singled out the concept of migration policy reformation for 2012-2016, employment strategy for 2013-2018, a new version of the employment law and amendments to the law on foreigners.
Avetisyan also said that social reforms led to institutional changes in the social security area, such as introduction of social services centers in Armenia. These centers will communicate with returned labor migrants and potential migrants to see how successful their integration after returning home is and how high prospects for repeated migration are.
There are five centers in Armenia now, but their number is planned to be increased to 19 later this year and to 55 in 2015. .----0----