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Film Screenings on April 24th

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On April 24th from 13:00-22:00 the Civilitas Foundation will host a film program. Short and long-form documentaries and feature films by Armenian and non-Armenian directors concerning the Armenian Genocide and Armenia-Turkey relations will be screened at the Moscow cinema.



13:00 Barking Island
13:20 Saroyanland
14:30 Don’t get lost children
15:15 Grigor Zohrap
15:25 Shishli Cemetery
16:40 Wealthy Past and Present
16:50 My Polis: Yasar Kurt
17:00 The Son of the Olive Merchant
18:30 Neighbors
19:45 I Left My Shoes in Istanbul
21:00 Screamers


Migration Research in Our Spotlight

Internship Program
In December 2013, the Civilitas Foundation secured funding from the Open Society Foundation’s Think Tank Fund for research fellowship on an issue that is not only a priority area for Civilitas, but Armenia’s policy context in general. Armenia undergoes strong migration flows, mainly outbound migration, which receive most of public attention and concern with much less policy, programs and public involvement in in-migration facilitation, despite Armenia being a receiving country for refugees (mainly of Armenian descent) from Syria and Iraq.

Civilitas’s new research fellow, Irena Grigoryan focuses on in-migration regulations, policies and programs implemented in Armenia and identification of gaps therein; reintegration practices and incentives for return in Armenia; and international best practices for enhancing in-migration and reintegration in Armenia.

Irena, who is a graduate of the European Master Program in Migration and Intercultural Relations taught in 4 European countries (www.emmir.org), was selected to the OSF Think Tank Fund’s Young Professional Development Program through a double-phased competition. “Return is neither a secondary stage in the migration circle, nor a regular act of natural comeback to the origin country. It is a key integral stage in the migration process, but receives little attention in the research and policy levels. Therefore, in order to have a balanced picture, it is important to research, discuss and communicate the data about in-migration flows to the country.” Having this motivation in mind, Irena is conducting research that will result in a policy paper and public discussion on in-migration, and we hope that the recommendations of this paper will clarify and set new items on the Armenian migration policy agenda.

Civilitas is privileged that such fellowships also have input in CivilNet’s programs and products. This CivilMult, for example, has been partly supported by the Young Professional Development Program, featuring remittances sent to Armenia by labor migrants and how these numbers are corelated with global trends.

We believe that this fellowship will provide Irena with valuable guidance and hands-on experience in the field of migration and will make Civilitas’s migration policy deliberations visible and relevant.

Hosting interns and volunteers

Internship Program
Civilitas continues to host volunteers and interns. In February, 2014, Birthright Armenia connected two new enthusiastic volunteers – Arsen Akopyants and Alan Vahe Grigorian – with Civilitas.

Arsen was born and raised in Kislovodsk, Russia. He is a graduate of Saint Petersburg State University with a specialization in International Relations and has experience in PR and lecturing. “I think that it’s very important to protect human rights and democracy in Armenia, to offer alternative views on issues,” says Arsen, explaining his motivation to volunteer at Civilitas and to contribute to the Russia-related media products of CivilNet.

Alan Vahe Grigorian is from California. He recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and is waiting to go to law school. Alan had been a Birthright volunteer in Armenia in 2013 and decided to volunteer at Civilitas because, “It offers a comprehensive opportunity to get acquainted with developments occurring in Armenia through various projects, reports and studies.” Alan will support CivilNet’s English language production crew in the coming few months.
We welcome our new volunteers and wish them an insightful experience at Civilitas.

Want to volunteer? Think about a 3 month stay at a central-Yerevan institution with excellent contacts and great outreach. Best of all, just working with our staff will give you language skills and insights hard to come by as a visitor.
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