YEREVAN (Armenpress)–According to data provided by the UNHCR Armenian office–1,668 Armenian citizens applied to the relevant bodies in Europe and North America for obtaining the status of refugee over the first nine months of this year. The majority of refugee status seekers were reported in North America-1,306 people–884 people in Belgium–669 in Germany–272 in France and 274 in Denmark.
With respect to the number of emigran’s Armenia ran’s 12th and is placed between Congo and Sierra Leone. Along with other reasons–the refugees also mention their belonging to religious minorities. According to a spokesman for the Armenian Foreign Ministry Ara Papian–some religious minorities are prosecuted in Armenia and members of these minorities or those who pretend to be such–citing freedom of consciousness have the possibility of acquiring refugee status.