Over 17,000 Refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine Resettled in Armenia

(ARMENPRESS) – The
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is one of the
primary organizations in expressing support and assistance for integration for
more than 16.000 persons who settled in Armenia because of the long war in
Syria according to the official data. The External Relations Associate at the
Armenian Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Anahit Hayrapetyan, during the interview with “Armenpress”, mentioned that
people, moved to Armenia from Syria, have got used to the conditions here, got
 introduced to the market, as well as they have a great potential for
integration.

How many persons moved to Armenia
since the beginning of Syrian war and how many of them were provided a
citizenship and refugee status?

The calculation is done through the
principle how many people have come in and come out. Overall, about 19 thousand
people arrived in Armenia from Syria from who 16.000 people settled here. 80%
of Syrian-Armenians have Armenian citizenship, about 20% – residency status of
various duration and only 500-600 persons – refugee status. However, regardless
of citizenship or refugee status, we equally provide the same assistance to all
of them if we see such need during our planned visits.

In general, what kinds of programs
were implemented for displaced persons from Syria in 2015?

First, almost 90 percent of people
settled in Armenia are from Syria who receive assistance starting from basic
first aid to the business loans. For example, when a displaced family arrives
in Armenia, they get the necessary items for passing the first days: Children’s
diapers, cooking and hygienic supplies, food and sleeping pad. Then, the family
is provided a bank account to which the flat fee reimbursement amount is
transferred, of course, if it is not located in the city center.

How aid for displaced persons from
other countries differs?

There is a very big difference between
the aid provided to displaced persons from Syria and, for instance – from Iraq
and Ukraine. A total of about 1,000 persons emigrated from Iraq and we helped
them to stand up and with housing. Emergency assistance and integration
programs are being implemented for 130 Ukrainian emigrants who have a refugee
status in Armenia.

Central & East European Coalition Capitol Hill Briefing

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The region of Central and Eastern Europe is currently
experiencing stress from a number of sources. The most serious one is that the peace and stability attained after the
collapse of the Soviet Union are again severely threatened. Events in Ukraine are the most visible, but
they are by far not the only troubling developments. The goals of building and sustaining democracy
require ongoing implementation of economic and political reforms, such as
fighting corruption. The current situation in Central and Eastern Europe is of
major concern to Americans of Central and East European descent. The Central and East European Coalition
(CEEC) is an alliance of U.S.-based ethnic organizations representing over 20
million such Americans.  

A number of Members of Congress and their staff have
recently visited the region. The CEEC is organizing a briefing session in the
Capitol Visitor Center, on September 16, 2015, during which Members and staff have
been asked to share their thoughts about visits to the region – why it was
important to make the visits, with whom they met, what were their impressions,
what was accomplished, what follow-up is expected, etc. Thus, we kindly invite you to attend.

The briefing session will begin at 4:45 p.m. and will last
till 6 p.m.  The briefing will take place
in CVC (House) Room 200.
 Constituents
from various CEEC organizations will be in attendance to ask questions and add
their views.

READ The  CEEC’s 2015 (114th Congress) Policy Paper.

For further information and to RSVP, please contact Michael
Sawkiw, Jr., Director at the Ukrainian National Information Service (unis@ucca.org, tel. 202-547-0018), or Karl
Altau, Managing Director, Joint Baltic American National Committee (jbanc@jbanc.org, tel. 301-340-1954).