YEREVAN (Arka)—The deportation of around 170 thousand Armenian migrants working in Russia illegally will cut the amount of remittances to Armenia from Russia by 10 percent, or $150 million, the chairman of the National Union of Employers, Garik Markaryan, said at a news conference today.
According to the Russian Embassy in Armenia, some 170,000 Armenian labor migrants in Russia face the risk of being deported. They are included in the Russian migration service’s database, and after crossing the border into Armenia their re-entry into Russia will be automatically denied.
Under several amended Russian laws, citizens of some former Soviet republics, including from Armenia, have the right to remain in the territory of the Russian Federation without registration for only 90 days within every 180 day period.
Markaryan claimed that the return of tens of thousands of labor migrants would affect the unemployment rate in Armenia dramatically, increasing overall public discontent and adding to the poverty level.
Considering the government’s response to the current situation, Markaryan said he did not see much urgency in its actions.
In 2013, some $1.87 billion were remitted to Armenia by individuals abroad. Of that amount, about 86 percent came from Russia.