More than 730 thousand passengers have departed from Armenia’s “Zvartnots” and “Shirak” airports in the first 10 month of this year, while only 668 thousand have arrived, “Haykakan Zhamanak” (Armenian times) newspaper reports, concluding, that the difference of 62 thousand stands for the number of people who have emigrated from Armenia.
Just for the sake of fairness I gotta say, that a lot of guest-workers travel to Russia in Spring and only return home close to the New Year and Christmas holidays. In fact, the figure 62 thousand sounds about right for the number of guest-workers traveling to Russia and other CIS countries, so everything is not that bad and the paper’s conclusions are false.
On another note, Armenian Foreign Ministry says 4635 Armenian citizens have been deported from various countries in 2007-2010. 69 of them have been extradited on criminal charges. Germany has been the most Armenian-unfriendly, having sent home 1127 people. Russia sent back home 1042 Armenians, France comes third, having deported 832. Poland, Austria and Ukraine are next. Surprisingly, the USA, which has one of the largest populations of Armenians around the world, has only sent back 194 Armenian citizens in the course of 4 years, thus occupying the 7th slot in the list of countries, which help Armenia keep at least some of its population as the struggles with low birth rates and ongoing emigration.