Armenian Assembly of America Issues Statement on World Refugee Day

Armenian Assembly Renews Call for Refugee Aid in Armenia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian Assembly of
America (Assembly) released the following statement in support of World Refugee

“Today, on World Refugee Day, the
Armenian Assembly of America recognizes the plight of refugees around the
world. They need a safe haven; they need support; and they need hope.

To date, Armenia has welcomed
some 20,000 refugees from Syria who have escaped with their families. As
conditions worsen in Syria, Armenia continues to serve as a sanctuary for
persecuted Christians and other at-risk groups escaping genocide and violence
in the Middle East.

For a small country like Armenia,
this large number of new refugees poses a challenge. Armenia depends on
international aid to ensure the settlement and integration of new refugees.
Armenia’s good intentions were tested this April when Azerbaijan started a
full-scale war in Nagorno Karabakh, resulting in another wave of displaced
women, children, and elderly from the border villages of Talish and Mataghis in
the Martakert region.

As more challenges arise, the
Armenian Assembly is renewing its call for the United States Government to
allocate $15 million to Armenia for refugee resettlement. The Assembly urges
its members to contact their Representative and let them know that Syrian
refugees deserve a sanctuary that is welcoming and safe.

The Armenian Assembly of America
remains dedicated to its fullest capacity to helping Armenian-Syrian refugees.
To make a difference, visit the Assembly’s website, take action now, and share
this message.”

Established in 1972, the Armenian
Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization
promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly
is a 501©(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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