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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Impact of migration in Armenia

In many rural areas of the former Soviet Union, poverty and unemployment are forcing people to leave. But in Armenia it is men who are going, leaving whole villages almost entirely populated by women.

In the Armenian village of Dzoragyugh, it is often only women and children you will see working in the fields. That is because the only way for men to earn enough money to support their families is to go to Russia - leaving the women to do everything.
It is estimated that with one million Armenias now living in Russia, only 3 million now live in the country - this is a reduction of 25% since 1991. Many believe that birth rates are now too low to sustain the population.
Source - BBC News

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