YEREVAN, May 14. / ARKA /. Ethnographer Svetlana Poghosyan said today that the growing migration and global processes bring about new challenges for many Armenian families.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of May 15 International Day of Families she expressed concern that a family with three children is considered large in Armenia. She said families with one or two children put Armenia before a big demographic crisis.
According to her, to encourage birth rate the government should develop a program aimed at supporting large families and stimulate population growth.
Currently, the government pays one-time allowance of 50,000 drams for the first and second babies. The allowance for the third and forth babies is one million drams and for the fifth and sixth is 1.5 million drams.
According to Poghosyan, the government should create projects that will help people to solve their problems themselves. She also said Armenia could borrow the best Western practices that could make Armenian families stronger and more sustainable.
The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993. It reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. -0-