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Russian Migration Scheme ‘Not Suspended=?UTF-8?B?4oCZ?= in Armenia

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

A Russian diplomat denied on Thursday media reports that Russia has suspended a controversial program that encourages and facilitates immigration from Armenia.

Launched in 2006, the Russian government’s Compatriots program offers employment, accommodation and financial benefits to married residents of former Soviet republics willing to settle in Russia. It is designed to address the country’s serious demographic problems.

The program has sparked an uproar from Armenia politicians, public figures and media worried about the continuing outflow of people from the country. The Armenian government has added its voice to these concerns, with Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian repeatedly calling its implementation in Armenia “unacceptable.”

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