One of the major problems facing Armenia is its depopulation since independence.
The idea that an independent Armenia would draw Armenians to move there was not a slogan but also a fact, although very few people moved to Armenia to settle there. Some opened businesses while others worked for the government. However, as time went by, people started to leave the country for greener pastures — Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and other countries in the former Soviet Union, and quite a few people moved to other locations –United States, South America, Spain, Holland, France, and event to the island of Malta.
Government statistics indicate that people ARE leaving Armenain, in large numbers compared to the population, And, the natural population growth declined 2%, as families are having less children (the number of babies born decreased by 1.7%. in some villages the pictures is slightly brighter when it comes to childbirth.
Recently three scholars from Armenia spoke in Glendale, California, about his crucial issue to a packed audience. The speakers were from the Russia-Armenian (Slavonic) University Research Team funded by the Koloian Foundation of Toronto, Canada. The team had already spoken in Beirut, Lebanon, Ontario Canada, New york, New York and concluded their trip in Los Angeles. Their talk was on target and they provided statistical figures bravely. after all, it is about Armenia and they have to stand tall. Some in the audience could not believe what they were hearing, and at the end of the presentations many people started to think as to why there is no remedy to stop the trend out of the country.
Of course the depopulation of Armenia is not a new phenomenon, but during the last decade it turned into a national and social crisis with no bright light on the horizon.
Russia has become a safe have to thousands of Armenians -probably the largest migration.
The research was done over the past 12 months jointly by the Research and Business Center of the Faculty of Economics of Yerevan State University, Research group — Arshak Balayan, Armen Gahavian, and Avetik Meijlumyan, and the Hrayr Maoukhian Foundation.
The research about emigration from the fatherland points out to some unfortunate situations.
About 34% of the surveyed people want to emigrate permanently.
There we are time when the husbands would go to another country to find work to support their families. Now, entirely families are emigrating.
The basic reasons: political pressure, religious pressure, lack of justice, dim economic future, lack of jobs, corruption, etc.
There seems to be no effort to improve the situation by the authorities as cronyism is wide spread and no reforms are being planned and implemented. This trend should be reversed, otherwise it is a sad situation, indeed.
A major reform should be punishment to those who break the law, and there are so many who don’t get punished. Lack of accountability is another stumbling block to improve the country, and it goes on and on.
(For more details about the emigration from Armenia and depopulation of the country, check www.depop.am)