Armenia was the third country in the world to accept the most Syrian refugees compared to its own population. In Armenia where 17 thousand Syrian refugees live, there are 6 refugees in 1000 persons.
Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, millions of people had to leave their homes and take refuge in other countries. Since World War II, the world’s greatest human tragedy has been staged in Syria. While at least 6 million people have left the country, Syrian refugees have become the focus of the whole world and are often the subject of the most dirty negotiations. Refugees seeking refuge in neighboring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan are also looking for ways to travel to the West. They lose their lives, their families, all their material assets on the road to West.
During the Syrian civil war, one of the poorest countries in the world, with 3 million inhabitants, opened the doors of Armenia to Syrian refugees without any hesitation.
Compared to its own population, it became the third country in the world to accept the most Syrian refugees. In Armenia where 17 thousand Syrian refugees live, there are 6 refugees in 1000 persons. The Syrians, who remind the Armenian people of their tragic history, are welcomed with sincerity in Armenia.
With limited financial resources, the Armenian government has extensive assistance to refugees. In addition to free medical services, children of Syrian refugees can continue their educational life in Armenian schools.
Within the “Adopt a Family” project, every Syrian family is trying to adapt to the social and cultural life of Armenia with the help of an Armenian family. Micro-scale initial loans are provided to help refugees adjust to Armenia by starting a new life.
With a GDP of 1% of the EU countries and a unemployment rate of 17%, Armenia has received no support from foreign countries and international organizations for the efforts it has made to date on refugees. The Armenian diaspora NGOs in the United States have been able to raise $ 1.2 million so far with aid campaigns they have organized this year. Armenia, a safe haven in the life of Syrian refugees, continues to make efforts to ease the lives of Syrian refugees despite all the difficulties.
Serhan Kayir, is Editor in Chief of Levant Times news website and an Ileri Haber Op-Ed columnist, expert in Middle East and Eurasia politics.