|Analysis / Armenia|
Civilitas Foundation’s research fellow Irena Grigoryan, who has been conducting research since December 2013 as part of the Open Society Foundation’s Young Professional Development Program, has successfully accomplished her study.
The results of her study “Return and Other Forms of In-Migration in Armenia: Overview of Policies and Practices” will be sent to all institutions engaged in migration policy-making and program implementation, as well as other researchers working in the field. Civilitas will continue discussing both the issue of in-migration policy-making and the recommendations endorsed by Irena in her study.
The study rightfully observes that the topic of emigration receives a large share of public attention and concern and the grand narratives of media and political debates are woven around the escalating scale of emigration from the country and the threats of depopulation.
Since its establishment in 2008, the Civilitas Foundation has combined the functions of a think tank – by conducting polling , research and analytical activities, as well as a civil society actor – by sharing the results of research and policy products through its media program (CivilNet), public forums and publications.
|Spotlight / Visits|
Civilitas is pleased to receive visitors all year. But summer is an especially busy time. This week, the parish of the Armenian Church of the Holy Translators (Framingham, Massachusetts) visited in large numbers. Led by Father Krikor Sabounjian, pastor, and Anthony Barsamian, an active parish member also involved in various private and public sector projects in Armenia the group of several dozen of all ages came to see what Civilitas does, hear about CivilNet.am and its special place in Armenia-Diaspora connections, and interacted with Civilitas's young, passionate, multilingual staff.
Civilitas Director Salpi Ghazarian, as well as editors Karen Harutyunyan and Maria Titizian also spoke to the group, and a lively conversation followed on various aspects of Armenia-Diaspora relations, Armenian identity issues, expectations and images of Armenia (by the Diaspora) and ways in which each visitor can get engaged.
Salpi Ghazarian described various Civilitas programs that invite Diaspora collaboration, and in particular, the support to the Armenian Dairy Industry which is implemented by securing donations and purchasing well-bred cows to 'sell' to Armenia's farmers (using the microfinance principles.) Farmers pay back 100 percent of their obligations and these donations are used again, to purchase new cows for other farmers.
More groups of visitors are expected and will be welcomed throughout the summer.