YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Within the framework of the "Return to Karabakh" program–seven families moved to Nagorno Karabakh in 2002. Another 700 families are on the waiting list–wishing to settle down in Karabakh. Forty-eight families re-settled in the regions of Shahumian–Martuni–Hadrut–and Mardakert in 2001.
Head of the government affiliated migration and refugees board department Smbat Sarkisian said that the families move to Karabakh at the expense of the state budget–which is able to support the return of 200-250 families annually.
By approximate calculations–about $5,000-8,000 is allocated to each family. The government has a set a system of privileges for these families. The head of the family receives a one-time grant of 20,000 drams–while each other member receives 5,000 drams. A low-interest loan of 200,000 drams is also allocated for 10 years. Besides the financial assistance–families are provided with a house–6,000 square meters of land and are exempted from paying taxes for 5 years.
The "Return to Karabakh" program started in 1994–and Armenia has participated in it since October 2000.