57% of Armenians want to temporarily leave Armenia, while this number is 45% in Georgia and 47% in Azerbaijan for their respective populations (See Figure 1), according to data from the 2009 Caucasus Barometer (CB). The study furthermore indicates, that 25% percent of Armenians want to permanently leave Armenia, while this number is 11% and 16% for Georgia and Azerbaijan, respectively.
According to data provided by the National Statistical Agencies of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, the 2009 migration balances in these countries were -25, +1 and +34 people (in thousands), respectively (See Figure 2).
Thus, the number of people who left Armenia exceeded the number of those who entered by 25,000.
In contrast, the number of people who entered neighboring Georgia and Azerbaijan was higher than the number of people who left these countries.
Why do so many Armenians leave Armenia?
There are two factors I’d like to highlight on Figure 2 (data compiled from various sources, including Freedom House (2010), Transparency International (2010), World Bank (2009), National Statistical Services of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia).
1. Armenians tend to more often have friends and family abroad, who tell them about
2. Armenians are more likely to feel rejected and experience a general feeling of emptiness.