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Refugee protection and Economic integration

Refugee protection and Economic integration

Refugee protection and Economic integration

Armenian Red Cross Society works closely with UNHCR to help achieve the following three priority areas:

  • to improve reception conditions for asylum-seekers;
  • to increase community empowerment, self-reliance and local integration;
  • to meet the needs of persons with special needs

Reception of asylum-seekers

Border monitoring

ARCS conducts:

  • monthly monitoring of the border crossing points in Syunik, Shirak and Tavush provinces through its regional branch offices.
  • carries out regular monitoring visits to the Zvartnots international airport, including its holding facility, and through its regional office, the Gyumri airport.

Information, orientation and counseling

ARCS organizes:

  • group and individual information/orientation sessions for newly-arrived asylum-seekers living in the reception centre and private homes,
  • monthly information sessions for asylum-seekers accommodated at the reception centre. It maintains and updates the information board at the reception centre,
  • Armenian language courses for refugees and asylum-seekers on first-come first-serve basis,
  • and provides employment counseling and advice to asylum-seekers living in the reception centre and private homes.

Community outreach


  • carries out weekly visits to the reception centre for asylum-seekers,
  • provides one-to-one counseling with each resident of the reception centre.
  • organizes regular reach out activities for asylum-seekers residing in private accommodation throughout Yerevan.

Community empowerment, self reliance and local integration

  • ARCS provides information, advice and counseling to newly-recognized refugees to help them integrate into Armenian society. Areas covered include housing, employment, health, education and social protection.
  • ARCS organizes first aid training for the asylum-seekers in the reception centre and the residents of Darbnik and other communal centers.
  • ARCS organizes HIV/AIDS and TB awareness-raising sessions for refugee communities throughout Armenia.
  • ARCS assists refugees in job search and placement through established government programs such as the Vocational and Education Training (VET) implemented by SESA and/or private recruitment services.
  • ARCS identify and support at least 54 refugee women with income-generating activities (i.e. purchasing sewing machine, agricultural tools, etc).
  • ARCS helps develop income-generating opportunities for up to for 34 vulnerable elderly and disabled refugees by providing them with tools and equipment.

Persons with special needs

ARCS provides:

  • disability related aids (mobility aids, prosthesis, hearing devices, etc.) for the neediest refugees with disabilities,
  • newly recognized refugees with one-time assistance in the form of non-food/household items (cooking utensils, bedclothes, etc),
  • refugee women and girls with sanitary napkins.
  • one-time winterization assistance for new asylum-seekers and refugees according to eligibility criteria and distribution modalities agreed with UNHCR.
  • one-time emergency cash assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers facing a particularly serious hardship.
  • transportation allowance to the most needy refugees and asylum-seekers based on eligibility criteria agreed with UNHCR.

ARCS established a children’s corner at the Reception Centre,

Protection of Children

ARCS provides:

  • diapers and food to children under age of 2,
  • baby carriages to newborn children
  • clothes and shoes to children under 18
  • school accessories to school age children.