Armenia posts negative migration balance of 31,800 people in Q1

Armenia posts negative migration balance of 31,800 people in Q1

YEREVAN, May 6. /ARKA/. Armenia’s negative migration balance totalled 31,800 people in the first quarter of this year, as compared to 37,100 in the same period of 2013, head of Armenia’s state migration service Gagik Yeghanyan said.

‘It is a reduction of 5,300 people, but time was little for looking into reasons’, Yeganyan said at an international conference on legal migration and migration dynamics Tuesday.

Russia’s toughened migration policies have somehow contributed to this, he said.

‘According to experts’ assessments, flow of Armenian labor migrants to Russia has dropped, as we received a list of some 40,000 Armenian citizens who are not allowed to enter Russia. This list may be extended in future. This will, of course, have an impact on the volume of money transfers from the Russian Federation’, Yeganyan said.

A representative of the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) Alexander Maleiev said labor migration will grow particularly in Balkan and CIS countries during 2014.

The causes of migration are the same all over the world – low salaries, limited career opportunities, poverty, unemployment and low-level social security, he said.

The two-day conference is attended by experts from Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Ukraine, Hungary. Head of EU delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea was present at the conference opening ceremony. –0--

13:54 06.05.2014

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