ArmInfo. Many of the programs implemented in Armenia to one degree or another concern migration.
On April 23, during the meeting with the delegation of the International Organization for Migration, RA Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Zaruhi Batoyan stated.According to the press service of the Ministry, the minister noted that this, in particular, is about employment, managing labor migration, combating human trafficking.
"The effectiveness of strategies and programs over whichwe work will depend on the issues raised by our partner organizations with many years of experience in this field and their best practices, "said Zaruhi Batoyan.The minister said that active work was being done in the field of demography and employment, and stressed that she expects close cooperation with local and international organizations. An example of this is the creation of various inter-agency working groups whose active work is one of the guarantees for achieving the best result. "It is important for us that we can present our programs at the highest level, expecting support from our partners," the minister said.
The head of the Armenian office of the International Organization for Migration, Ilona Ter-Minasyan, reported that the organization has been carrying out a mission to Armenia since 1993 to solve problems arising from the conflict. Over the past 15 years, the mission's mandate has changed significantly and expanded, including, in particular, elements of technical support. "Our observations show that all employment issues are to some extent related to migration problems.
Our research and statistics show that about 90% of migration flows are related to employment. In the case of labor migration, the protection of human rights creates serious problems," he said.Ilona Ter-Minasyan also informed that the organization is implementing a program of voluntary return to more than 20 countries of the world. According to IOM, the number of migrant volunteers in Armenia averages about 150-200 people per year, but over the past two years the organization has supported more than 1,800 people. "In case of voluntary return, the main problem remains the problem of employment.
Reintegration is a very important and painful problem for migrants who decide to return to their homeland," said the head of the IOM office in Armenia.It should be noted that the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs cooperated with IOM in the framework of "Strengthening the capacity of labor migration management to protect the rights of migrants." Another program aimed at protecting the rights of migrants in the most vulnerable communities of Armenia is underway.