REFUGEES’ RIGHTS DEFENDER
Head of Department of Vulnerable Groups Protection and Cooperation with Non-Governmental Organizations
Armenia has a peculiarity – 99% of our refugees are ethnic Armenians. The flow of refugees to Armenia started from 1988 and during a few years around 418 000 people were forced to move to Armenia, only 360 000 of which were from Azerbaijan. Refugees, according to legislation, have the same economic, social and cultural rights as citizens of Armenia, and accordingly have the same problems and concerns. Surely, we should admit that the refugees are in more complicated conditions. Over 20 years several issues of refugees remain unsolved and the Human Rights Defender’s office is ready to support to resolve all the problems.
Refugees’ Rights Defender
Still remains unsolved the issue of providing housing to the most indigent refugees deported from Azerbaijan in the period of 1988-1992. More than 1175 refugees remain homeless
The last years’ tense political situation in different countries is the reason for the new flows of refugees to Armenia. The problem arises to provide homes for 1900 newly arrived refugees.
The refugees living in Armenia for more than 20 years are not fully integrated into our society.
The social conditions of refugees are very tough especially in farther regions of Armenia.