IOM and UN Help Returned Armenian Migrants Back to Work During Pandemic

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IOM Armenia has implemented a joint programme funded by the UN's Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to support labour migrants to set-up small enterprises. The humanitarian support was provided to mitigate the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable people and communities, as well as strengthening government capacities and initiatives.

The project created opportunities for labour migrant households in Shirak, Lori and Tavush who were unable to resume their jobs due to quarantine, lockdowns or other restrictions in their countries of destination.

In total, 80 households received assistance in the scope of the project to set up businesses

The beneficiary households were selected based on the following vulnerability criteria:

  • Three or more children in the household
  • No possibilities for labour migration
  • Female-headed households
  • Unemployment, reduced/stopped remittances
  • Health problems.

The overall budget of the grant distribution was around USD117,000. Some  385 people became indirect beneficiaries and 83 workplaces were created