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Mitigating social consequences of labour migrationand maximizing migrants’ involvement in local development


Project Status: 
Running

Project Aims:

The main goal of the project is to reinforce networks with migrants and diaspora organisations and to engage them in local development to the benefit of the most vulnerable migrants’ families and children.

The specific Outcomes are:

  1. 4 Regional knowledge hubs are fully operational with staff members equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to reinforce networks with migrants and diaspora organisations and to engage them in local development to the benefit of the most vulnerable migrants’ families and children;
  2. A systematic approach is developed and implemented for the contribution of the representatives of diaspora, migrant networks and various specialized organizations to the development of the four target regions by transferring soft and hard resources to the community for the well-being of most vulnerable families and children.

Background:

The social consequences of labour (seasonal) migration on families left behind and the migrants do not receive sufficient attention, if indeed they are addressed at all. Despite the influx of money, labour migration leads to several vulnerability factors affecting family members, such as psychosocial problems, exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, lack of adequate care, reduced access to health and education services, and exposure of children to violence and abuse.

Mission East’s efforts represent an integrated and holistic approach towards strengthening the resilience of the families and addressing the negative social effects of labour migration in Armenia through a set of interrelated actions, such as case management, local social planning, institutional cooperation, parental care and diaspora engagement, all underpinned by policy reform. The actions build on and are in line with the on-going reform towards a better integration of social services (ISS). As such, they aim at fostering the links between migration and local development, focusing on the specific social consequences for migrants’ families and measures aimed at enhancing the contribution of diaspora to the development of their country of origin. The project is implemented in four target regions, specifically Lori, Shirak, Tavush and Gegharkunik.

Project Action:

project activities include: Establising     4 regional knowledge hubs, one in each of the four target regionsfor each community are developed; 12 staff members of regional knowledge hubs get equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to reinforce migrants and diaspora networks; 60 individual arrangements among diaspora representatives and local organisations of the 4 target regions signed; Establish a fully operational and active web-based platform for ensuring effective connection of diaspora representatives to local organisations and individuals from 4 target regions, including soft skills transfer, export promotion, crowd fundraising, etc.

Donor:

EuropeAid)

Project code:

ARM-UNICEF-001

Location:

Lori, Shirak, Tavush and Gegharkunik marzes, Armenia