BUDAPEST, FEBRUARY 16. ARMINFO. The 7th European Regional Meeting of International Labor Organization opened in Budapest, Tuesday. A delegation from Armenia headed by Minister for Labor and Social Affairs Aghvan Vardanyan also participated in it.
The meeting participants gathered to discuss issues of economic reforms and problems of globalization. Hungarian Prime Minister of and Prime Minister of Luxemburg opened the meeting addressing a welcoming speech to those present. ILO Director General Juan Samavia also spoke at the opening ceremony.
The report of the organization says that despite high rates of economic growth, during the last several years, the population’s incomes in the CIS, including in RF, are lower than the level of 1989. The scales of extreme poverty are still considerably enough in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan, Moldova (some 48% of the population).
The report draws attention to the issue of labor migration. In conformity with different calculation, in 2000 22 mln foreign citizens resided in Western Europe, including 3.3 mln people had no legal status. In RF this figure was 5 mln people.
Wednesday, Minister for Labor and Social Affairs Aghvan Vardanyan will make a report on the situation of labor market in Armenia and on the socio-economic state of the population. The regional conference will be completed on 18 February.