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  • Migration Resource Centers – Serve to Assist Labor Migrants and Their Families Presented by Anahit Gevorgyan, President of Martuni Women’s Community Council and Migration and Returnees Resource Center February 22, 200 9 Photo by Onik Krikoryan
  • Migration and Returnees Resource Centers Function in: Armavir, Goris, Charentsavan, Sissian,Vanadzor, Noyemberyan, Martuni
    • In 2006, a Resource Centers’ Network was established with the support of the Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF)
    • Goal of the Network:
    • Contribute to prevention of illegal migration and addressing potential consequences thereof.
  • Impact of Migration on the Community and Families
    • Due to shortage of labor force, land plots gradually are deserted
    • Village communities grow old
    • Often, inefficient migrant work leads to family conflicts.
    • 90% of migrants lives in the host country on illegal basis
    • Work without an employment contract
    • Work without maintaining elementary work safety rules
    • Often become victims of trafficking
    • Have problems with local police, labor inspectorate and heath institutions.
  • Services provided by Resource Centers
    • Provide advisory services (through face to face meetings, hotline);
    • Ensuring awareness of rural communities on migration policies effective in the Republic and abroad
    • Increase public awareness on labor migration rules, effective laws of host countries (by TV, dissemination of printed information materials).
    • Work with the Regional Employment Centres
    • Reintegrate returnees in the society by informing migrants about available job opportunities in the Armenian labor market.
  • Services provided by Resource Centers
    • Conduct skills building training for returnees
    • Provide consulting/training for initiating local small/medium businesses
    • Establish links with similar structures operating inside and outside of the Republic of Armenia
    • Conduct survey of labor market demand in Russian Federation and connect the information with job seekers and job providers.
  • Success Stories: Sissian Resource Center
    • Assistance to migrants to find a job through a qualified service: 200 labor migrants were provided with information on job availability in Tumen oblast’ and got employed on legal terms.
    • The Center managed to help a potential migrant from one of 33 communities of Syunik region to begin a small business. Through the help of experts he was able to develop his own business and opened a small shop in a community. The Center helped him to get a loan from ArdshinInvest Bank and to develop his business .
  • Success Stories:
    • Noyemberian Resource Center :
    • Established working relations with Armenian Diaspora community and employers of Lipetsk region (Russia). Conducted survey of labor market demand in Lipetsk region (Russia), ensured public awareness in Armenia.
    • Goris Resource Center:
    • 6 Families got legally registered and were able to register their small businesses
    • With the legal assistance from the RC, 7 migrants were compensated their travel expenses after they were rejected a contract despite prior agreement with Moscow authorities, returned to Armenia and opened a small business.
  • Success Stories: Martuni Resource Center
    • Studied problems most frequently faced by Armenian nationals in Russia
    • Established working relations with similar centers in Omsk and Novosibirsk (Armenian communities, federal migration services, employers).
    • Around 80 migrants and returnees were provided with CV writing, career search skills, and
    • Participated in “How to start a new business?” training courses.
  • Labor Market in Martuni
    • Job Fairs were organized at the local level, where:
    • 25 employers participated
    • 300 unemployed attended
    • 17 unemployed succeeded in finding a job
    • 10-15 daily phone calls are received at the NGO’s office with the request to be enrolled in the next Job Fair.
  • Job Fair in Martuni
    • Photos
  • The number of beneficiaries having received services of RC in the past 12 months
    • Sissian – 312
    • Charentsavan – 271
    • Armavir - 120
    • Martuni - 350
    • Goris - 340
    • Noyemberian - 539
    • Vanazor - 520
  • Recently, the government of Russia issued a decision to reduce foreign labor quotas
    • According to the experts, the reduction of quotas in particular will not contribute to relieving gradually deepening economic crises in Russia. However, the specified measure may result in the following:
    • Migrant workers will continue to stay in illegal arena;
    • Many migrants will have to return empty-handed;
    • At the same time, returnees will face major difficulties in finding jobs.
  • The Role of RCs in overcoming Economic Crises
    • International economics demonstrates that: the new economic situation will be overcome by involvement of highly-qualified and well educated specialists in the development process
    • The role of RCs in re-integration of returnees will be strengthened by:
    • Training of specialists in accordance with labor market demand
    • Organization of events promoting increased employment locally (Job Fairs)
    • Dissemination of information about lending/credit opportunities for small and medium businesses.
  • Recommendations
    • Collaboration of RCs with local stakeholders (Employment Centers) to coordinate the survey and practical assistance provided to migrants;
    • Development of strong working linkeages with stakeholders in Russian Federation and other countries of destination for insuring legal migration and protection of elementary human rights;
    • Advocate for the need to develop the re-integration strategy for Returnees, the number of the which will increase in the light of latest economic trends.