Gagik Torosyan, Head of the Labor Migration Department at the Employment State Agency, shared thoughts on the possible causes of such increasing numbers.
“One of the main causes of the increased number of job seekers in Shirak, we may say, is the serious economic crisis in Russia,” said Gagik Torosyan at the Media Center hosted discussion.
The recent changes to Russia’s migration laws have affected the number of labor migrants who leave for Russia every year, believes Tatevik Bezhanyan, Head of Repatriation and Protection NGO. Russia’s entry ban on 30 thousand Armenians has kept them in the country.
“Over 170 thousand Armenians are in the risk zone, and any of these people can be imposed a re- entry ban at the Russian border once they cross it,” said Bezhanyan.
Another factor which has led to the increased number of registered job seekers is the promotion of activities of employment centers in regions, believes Gagik Torosyan.
Presently, the Employment State Agency implements 11 programs in Shirak Region. Naira Grigoryan, Coordinator at Gyumri Civic Youth Center, said via a video call that vacancies posted on the official social media pages of Gyumri Employment Center do not mention contact information, which deprives young people of the chance to use the information.
In this regard, the speakers said the employment and migration resource centers are always open to people, willing to provide all information requested, yet an individual must be proactive first of all. “After living in camps in Europe our compatriots have lost the working man type,” said Tatevik Bezhanyan.
Speaking on the most required professionals in Shirak, Gagik Torosyan urged young people “to change attitude towards vocational education and make it an attractive choice.”
«We have become a country that provides construction professionals to Russia, yet it is a challenge to find a qualified one in Armenia,” said Tatevik Bezhanyan.
Parandzem Avagyan, Editor/Translator