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More Armenians leaving homeland forever

11 December 2014 [12:01] - TODAY.AZ

/By AzerNews/

By Mushvig Mehdiyev

Desertification process of Armenia keeps going on with a high speed. New figures say the outflow from Armenia is gaining momentum.

The number of the Armenians, who left the country, surpassed the number of residents returning to Armenia by 22,000, according to local paper Haykanak Zhamanak.

The figures reveal the deepening emigration scourge in the post-Soviet country, where the inactivity at state level accelerates the people's run.

The paper claimed that the red line between the leaving and returning Armenians has increased by 27 times, registering a new record in Armenia's history.

"The civil aviation's data for last year reported the red line to be only 7,800 over the first eleven months of 2013," the paper wrote.

The Central Department of the Civil Aviation has earlier published its official data, revealing the permanent outflow of nearly 40,000 Armenians in the first ten months of this year.

Official statistics data reported the overall number of the emigrants to be 113,000 in January-September of 2014, a large part of them refusing to return.

The common trend of the recent years highlights a disastrous tradition of emigration in Armenia - about 30,000-40,000 people leave the country permanently each year.

"The figure is equal to the total population of 20 large villages in Armenia," Zhamanak stated.

This year's facts about emigration revealed a 36 percent increase in the number of residents leaving the country for a better life.

Recent events in Armenia, which is mostly characterized by devaluation of its national currency dram and collapsing economy, are pushing the residents to leave the country forever.

Unpromising economy orchestrates the massive outflow of the native Armenians, at the same time, rings the alarm bells for the Armenians abroad, covertly calling on them to rule out any plans for returning.

Moreover, Armenia has an army of poor residents that make up 32 percent of its total 3 million population, according to official statistical data.

Starting a journey for a better life is more promising than living in poverty - this thought in Armenians' minds urge them to pursue their future abroad.


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