Government Working to Curb Migration

YEREVAN (Armepress)–The Armenian Government is working to decrease the level of migration from the country with large scale construction projects aimed at creating high paying jobs that require skilled, Armenia’s Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday.

Armenia’s ongoing economic growth is yielding higher wages and a real rise in annual incomes by 20 percent, said to Sargsyan, adding that these developmen’s are making it more attractive for people to work in Armenia.

According to Sargsyan there is a large demand for construction workers. Large-scale construction projects in Armenia’s northern and northwestern parts are planned for 2009-2011, he explained. Armenia’s northern provinces, which include the cities of Gyumri and Spitak, were leveled during a devastating earthquake in December 1988.

Armenia will need a qualified labor force for these projects, however, he noted.

“If we offer these jobs and the wages are high, young people will be moving into, rather than out of, the country in search of high paying jobs,” he said.

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