Refugees in Armenia: An unexpected “homecoming” for Syria’s Armenian Diaspora
Syrian Armenians have found a safe haven in their motherland, the Republic of Armenia. After the Nagorno-Karabakh and Iraq wars, this is the third major conflict leading to the establishment of refugee communities in Armenia. According to the World Bank’s 2010 estimates, the percentage of Armenia’s population below the poverty line is as high as 35.8%. Taking this into account, how much can a country do to accommodate thousands more when, internally, it is already suffering from very high poverty and unemployment rates?