There are 360 000 registered refugees in Armenia. 65 000 of them have received the Armenian citizenship.
The figure is conditioned not by the will of the authorities but by the wish of the refugees themselves. They do not want to lose the refugee status, since with it they will lose the advantages and state support.
Today the Council on Refugee Issues held a sitting in the National Assembly. Council Coordinator Boris Shahnazaryan in detail presented the activities of the council. Head of the department presented the current situation and the order of providing the refugees with flats.
851 citizens were expected to receive certificates for domicile with the funds assigned by the state budget 2005. When asked by Arthur Baghdasaryan whether they will manage to fulfill the program, Sargis Harutyunyan said “yes”.
However the order of compiling the lists of people eligible for the certificates is still unclear. The head of the migration department said the lists are compiled by the marzpets and the degree of poverty is checked by the department.
Ombudsman Larisa Alaverdyan stated that very often the adopted laws infringe the rights of refugees. Arthur Baghdasaryan offered to submit all the remarks in written form.