Migration trends in Armenia: Negative balance slashed by 37.8%
Arka news agency provided fresh insights into migration trends in Armenia. Specifically, Armenia’s negative migration balance slashed by 37.8% in the first 9 months of 2017, the head of the State Migration Service Gagik Yeganyan said.
"According to the data for the first 9 months, the negative balance decreased by 37.8% or 32,800 people compared to the same period of the previous year, to 53,900 people, down from 86,700 people in the first 10 months of 2016," Yeganyan said to a news conference today.
According to him, in the fourth quarter there is always a positive balance associated with the end of seasonal work and the return of labor migrants to Armenia to meet the New Year with their families.
Yeganyan said also that the positive balance between the number of those who leave the country and those who arrive during a year is about 40,000 people. Last year this figure was 38,500 people. He added that this year, the annual positive balance is expected to be down by about 15,000 people, which he described as a fairly good indicator compared to the previous years.
According to the National Statistical Service, Armenia’s population as of October 1, 2017 decreased by 14,300 people compared to the same period in 2016. Compared with January 1, 2017, the population was down by 6,500 people.