Social Inclusion & Protection
Support to the reintegration of voluntary returned migrants through employment, social and business support
Since 2016 we implement the “Support to the reintegration of voluntary returned migrants through employment, social and business support funded by L’Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration (OFII), a French administrative public body.
People in Need representative office in Armenia is providing consultations, conducts need assessment of beneficiaries social and family situations and supports with developing proposals to be supported by different means on behalf of OFII. The specifics of the assistance provided are:
- social and medical support
- vocational training and employment support
- business support
Up today about 300 voluntary returned migrants were supported in Yerevan and in different regions of Armenia: More than 60 new businesses have been established, 50 and more migrants took vocational training and more than 170 families got social and medical support.
Watch some of the empowering stories below:
Support of Circular Migration and Re-integration Process in Armenia
The project has aimed to support the reintegration of labour migrants in the Republic of Armenia and preventing illegal migration, thereby contributing to the execution of the 2012-2016 Action Plan for the implementation of the policy concept for the state regulation of migration.
Four regions of Armenia were the focus: Ararat, Armavir, Vayotz Dzor and Syunik; Migration Resource Centreswere established in each of these regions in cooperation with the State Employment Agency (SEA) and, in July 2015, have become fully integrated within the SEA. In their day-to-day activities, the centres provided integrated support to both potential migrants (providing consultancy service) and to returnees, supporting the latter in the reintegration process in the native country. To be able to find new employment, 284 returnees were enrolled in retraining courses through PIN Armenia support; over 50% of them found jobs as a result.
Furthermore, for the purpose of creating new jobs and contributing to the economic development of regions, we launched a competition of business proposals for returning Armenian migrants, of which 17 were selected and financed. Today the newly established businesses cover such areas as farming, animal husbandry, greenhouse farms, beekeeping, furniture manufacturing, light industry, transport infrastructure, bakery production and the service sector, creating employment for their owners and an additional 55 new jobs.
In the course of the project implementation, educational institutions have also been among the focal points. In particular, we signed grant contracts with nine high schools representing the target regions. As a result, students implemented various initiatives aimed at awareness rising on key migration issues.
Another key component of the project was the “Suitcase Award”, aiming to attract the attention of media to migration issues and educate journalists and general public on the risks of illegal migration and opportunities for legal migration. Three editions were organized during the project’s life, each on the occasion of International Migrants’ Day (December 18). Lasting partnerships with other stakeholders were created in those years, leading to the Suitcase Award’s continuation after the end of the project (a new edition took place in December 2016).
Combating Child Trafficking in Armenia
Within the project’s context, a research on determining the level of awareness regarding trafficking was conducted by Harmonious Society social workers association. The research was carried out in 1200 households and among 800 children.
The results of the research showed that only 1.8 per cent of the population was aware of the trafficking; the unawareness was high among the specialists, too.
More than 350 republican schools were provided with trainings, class supervisors of the 9th-11th grade students, who further, in the school year, allocated 8 class hours to trafficking, had received training. To summarise the final results, by the end of the Project a monitoring was conducted in specified institutions. Those teachers, who had been trained and had transferred their knowledge to students, were to present the students’ essays on the topic.
A year later, the People in Need Representative Office in Armenia received from the children, previously almost unaware, 3000 essays - all with interesting and captivating contents. Not only was it inspiring, but it also came to prove that the work had been properly fulfilled.
A 10-day summer school was organized for the students of pedagogical universities in Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor. Training courses were held for all employees of orphanages, care centres, special schools, for the employees of police and public prosecutor’s office, the border guards of the National Security Service, the marzpetarans, as well as for the employees of the Division of Family, women and children’s rights protection of Yerevan Municipality and for the members of the Commissions of trusteeship and custodianship.
The project also developed an initiative with regard to the legislation on the “system involving matters of protection of victims and witnesses of juvenile trafficking and sexual abuse”, incorporated in the amendments made in the “Criminal Procedure Code of the Republic of Armenia”.
Home Care Service for Elderly
During the project implementation, there were about ninety elderly people living alone, who needed some assistance in household chores.
A special car with a washing machine, water supply and other facilities in it was bought.
The project team regularly visited the homes of the elderly, relieving household duties, helping to clean the house, cultivating, and more.
Using the car bought with the support of the Embassy of Japane in Armenia and other household appliances purchased by the Amasia Community Municipality and volunteers within the framework of the project, the program continues even after its completion.The community volunteers and Amasia Municipality employees are visiting the elderly and help them.