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CRRC – Why do so Many Armenians Leave Armenia?

In 2009, the number of people who migrated out of Armenia exceeded the number of those who entered by 25,000. Yes, 25,000! Yet, more people entered Georgia and Azerbaijan than those who left. Why?

57% of Armenians want to temporarily leave Armenia, while this number is 45% in Georgia and 47% in Azerbaijan for their respective populations (See Figure 1), according to data from the 2009 Caucasus Barometer(CB). The study furthermore indicates, that 25% percent of Armenians want to permanently leave Armenia, while this number is 11% and 16% for Georgia and Azerbaijan, respectively.


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