On 24-27 April, an inter-agency Armenian delegation with representatives from the National Security Service and State Revenue Committee visited the Netherlands to exchange experience and familiarize with EU best practices on border and immigration control, document security, E-gate and inter-agency cooperation. During the visit the team had meetings and presentations at the Dutch Royal Marechausse unit at Schipol International Airport, Immigration and Naturalization Service in the city of Zwolle and enjoyed a demonstration of K-9 service (dogs trained to detect explosives). A detailed walk through at the airport’s arrival and departure facilities was organised. Among other topics, various opportunities for cooperation were discussed, namely use of databases and capacity building.

From 19 to 21 April, 2019, 17 journalists from Public Radio, irates.am, jamnews.am, panorama.am, Golos Armenii, Haykakan Zhamanak, meganews.am, Arminfo and Shant TV participated in the first media trip for 2019 organized by ICMPD in Armenia in Lori Province including Geghasar and Shirakamut villages of Spitak region, and Alaverdi town, Shnogh and Teghut villages.

In the past few years, the issue of refugee integration has become an important challenge and policy priority in Armenia, affecting the refugees themselves, the local authorities and other state actors that host refugees and asylum seekers in their communities. The long-term stay of the refugees present in the country requires proper addressing of the integration-related challenges at the local and national level and of the humanitarian needs they are facing.

Armenia and the European Union are increasing their political and economic co-operation. A new Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement, replacing the 1996 Partnership and Co-operation Agreement, marked the beginning of the EU-Armenia Visa Dialogue, which should eventually result in mutual visa-free travel. Although a formal start date of the Visa Dialogue has not yet been announced, it is timely to organize an information exchange with representatives of those Eastern Partnership countries that have already successfully concluded such Dialogue in the past in order to learn from their respective experiences.

The last media trip for 2018, organised by ICMPD in Armenia from 5-7 October, included Vayots Dzor and Syunik regions. The journalists from Public Radio, womennet.am, Haykakan Zhamanak, Golos Armenii, Ararat News, factor.am and vesti.am visited Goris and Kapan towns, as well as Gomk, Khndzorut, Bartsravan, Sharnukh and Uzhanis border villages.

On 17 December 2018, during the Award Ceremony of the annual journalism contest «Suitcase» 9 journalists were awarded for their journalistic excellence on migration issues. On the initiative of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) office in Armenia, the Award was a collaboration of ICMPD office in Armenia, UNHCR office in Armenia and RepatArmenia Foundation. The winners featured fact-based and impartial reporting on the complexity of migration, its challenges and opportunities.

Marmashen, Kaps, Amasia, Horom, Panik and Arevshat villages of Shirak region are the target of the media trip organized on 25 and 26 August by ICMPD in Armenia. For many years, Shirak region has been featured as the poorest region of Armenia in its economic indicators, according to the official statistical data. In 2016, the level of poverty was the highest in the country - 45.5%. The elder of Marmashen community, Karen Arshakyan, told the journalists that the migration level is also quite high and the process of community amalgamation significantly improved the economic situation in the communities. Since last year autumn Marmashen village also bеcame an amalgamated community joined by 15 other villages. It is early to discuss the results, said the community elder, however, we can state, that due to the consolidated budget of 15 villages more tasks can be solved – covering the roads with asphalt, implementing water-supply system and street lighting, etc.. Thanks to the availability of such infrastructure, economic life in the village will become more active and the quality of the roads will make possible the export of the local agricultural products to Gyumri city market. This opinion is shared by the majority of the community elders.



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