ArmInfo. After last year's events in Armenia, the number of citizens seeking asylum in the European Union fell by about 60%. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan announced this at a meeting with the leaders of secular and spiritual organizations of the Armenian community of France.
According to him, the price of real estate in Armenia over the past 1.5 years has recorded a huge increase. According to the prime minister this is the result of the fact that many compatriots, numerous representatives of the old and new Diaspora are buying property in Armenia. "The government's strategy is to create all conditions for returning to Armenia, especially representatives of the new Diaspora, that is, consider this as a strategic task. If negotiations on visa liberalization begin this year, and we hope that this happens for a final it will take some time to solve it, now I won't turn to numbers, I'm sorry if I'm a little mistaken, but compared to 2016 in 2018- 2019 the emigration trend declined by about 90%, " Pashinyan said.
The head of the Armenian government expressed confidence that even before a decision on visa liberalization is found, the rate of emigration will not only slow down by 100%, but the immigration process will be recorded. "Our citizens will not use the visa liberalization institution to flee Armenia, but to exercise their right to free movement as a proud citizen of the world," Nikol Pashinyan emphasized.
According to the Prime Minister, the authorities hope, as a result of economic reforms, reforms in the field of education, to change image and representations of Armenian citizens, and, in general, solving the problem of constantly improving the level of education of Armenian citizens, so that the appearance of any Armenian citizen in the EU does not would have a negative impact on the image of the people. "Armenia should be proud of the Diaspora, and the Diaspora should be proud of Armenia. This is a task that we must solve together, and I'm sure that we will solve this problem," the Prime Minister concluded.