40,000 left Armenia in 2017
According to research commissioned by the World Bank and the State Committee of Science of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia and conducted by the research group led by demographer Ruben Yeganyan, in 2017 some 40,000 Armenians had left the country for better opportunities elsewhere. This figure is a 2.5 percent increase from 2016, when 37,500 people left Armenia.
“According to our research data, in the past three to four years, more than 35 percent of households in Armenia participated in migration processes,” explained Ruben Yeganyan. “In the past three to four years, 12 percent of the country’s population participated in migration processes.”
The researcher also predicted that the birth rate in Armenia would drop in 2018 due to the low number of people born in the 1990’s in Armenia.
Mr. Yeganyan said that external factors, such as Armenia’s further integrations in the Eurasian Economic Union have provided more attractive employment opportunities for Armenians outside country of their origin.