Armenia to provide thousands of Artsakh refugees with temporary jobs

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YEREVAN, January 19. /ARKA/. Armenian Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Ruben Sargsyan announced today the launch of two programs designed by the ministry to provide residents of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), who fled their homes because of the war, with temporary jobs in Armenia.

Sargsyan said in the first stage the program will involve those citizens of Artsakh, whose places of residence are controlled now by Azerbaijan. Starting next week it will be extended to involve all residents of Artsakh, currently residing in Armenia, whose houses were damaged by the Azerbaijani shelling.

One of the programs is paid internships for unemployed refugees willing to gain work experience in new fields. The government will pay each refugee 100,000 drams a month and compensate their employers for all resulting taxes.

The second program is public works. The involved refugees will be able to work for up to three months and receive 8,000 drams ($15) a day.

To apply, the refugees need to either apply directly to the territorial employment centers, by e-mail or by filling out a form on the employment.am website.
“If there are employers who want the Artsakh people to work temporarily for them, they can contact the territorial employment centers or the ministry,” he said.

The deputy minister stressed that according to preliminary estimates, the programs may involve two thousand Armenian refugees from Artsakh, but if more people apply the ministry will be able to provide temporary employment to more people. Sargsyan said that 663 residents of Artsakh have already applied.

According to Artsakh authorities, at least 90,000 residents making up around 60 percent of Karabakh’s population fled their homes during the war. As of today, some 500,000 of them have returned home.

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