Armenians Deported from Russia ‘Will Worsen Unemployment’

The Russian Embassy in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Arka)—The deportation of around 170 thousand Armenian migrants working in Russia illegally will cut the amount of remittances to Armenia from Russia by 10 percent, or $150 million, the chairman of the National Union of Employers, Garik Markaryan, said at a news conference today.

According to the Russian Embassy in Armenia, some 170,000 Armenian labor migrants in Russia face the risk of being deported. They are included in the Russian migration service’s database, and after crossing the border into Armenia their re-entry into Russia will be automatically denied.

Under several amended Russian laws, citizens of some former Soviet republics, including from Armenia, have the right to remain in the territory of the Russian Federation without registration for only 90 days within every 180 day period.

Markaryan claimed that the return of tens of thousands of labor migrants would affect the unemployment rate in Armenia dramatically, increasing overall public discontent and adding to the poverty level.

Considering the government’s response to the current situation, Markaryan said he did not see much urgency in its actions.

In 2013, some $1.87 billion were remitted to Armenia by individuals abroad. Of that amount, about 86 percent came from Russia.


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  1. James said:

    Another example of how necessary the partnership between the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation is.

    • Armenian said:

      Because we’ve completely given up on building something for ourselves, and need to cling onto others to provide us with the basic necessities, right?

      • Arman Galust said:

        No it is not necessary. We pay them money to help us we lose money, our people lose money and an opportunity to work. We need to think about what’s best for the citizens of Armenia, and James joining the customs union or depending fully on Russia will only allow the Russians more opportunities to take our money and make us their pawn.

  2. GeorgeMardig said:

    This is a notice to Armenians in diaspora, if you continue throwing stones on Russia more things can happen to Armenia,

  3. Avetis said:

    Russia gives Armenia’s jobless work opportunities, the hysterical political opposition yells out – Russia is depopulating Armenia! Russia tells Armenians who illegally work in Russia to get out, the hysterical political opposition yells -out Russia is hurting Armenia! You people need to make up your minds. You are becoming a laughing stock.

  4. Ashot said:

    I am surprised to read as naive and the same time insane comments like George Mardig’s.
    What if Russia says you have to devorce your wife or I will deport Illegal Armenians. What would you do ?:)

    My opinion is: Armenia is a small country with a great potential of becomingg one of the worlds most amazong countries. But if we keep remaining slaves – waiting for someone to save us from ourselves, we will sure never have it.

    Guess what ? They are illegal in that country and if the law says that they have to be deported, then they should be deported. Let’s learn finally to obey the laws, and instead of thinking how to sneak into russia illegally, let’s concentrate that energy achive something in Armenia.