The main objectives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are the following:
From 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2016։
As of 31 December 2016 there are a total of 18,477 people of concern - refugees, asylum-seekers and persons in a refugee-like situation of which:
- Persons displaced from Syrian Arab Republic - 14,000
- Persons displaced from Nagorno- Karabakh into Armenia - 573
USD 4,4 million requested։
Gap - 57%
Funded - 43%
Offices: 1 office located in the capital city, Yerevan
Staff: 2 international, 11 national staff, 5 affiliated workforce, including national UN volunteers
Background and strategic directions
UNHCR established its presence in Armenia in December 1992 to contribute to the humanitarian response related to the mass influx of 360,000 refugees of Armenian background displaced from Azerbaijan in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Armenia is a State party to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, its 1967 Protocol, as well as, to the 1954 and 1961 Statelessness Conventions. Armenia is a full member of UNHCR EXCOM since 2015.
Presently the office is focusing in particular on the humanitarian needs and promotion of integration of about 17,000 persons who fled the conflict in Syria and sought protection in Armenia. Arrivals are ongoing. Moreover, Armenia hosts refugees and asylum-seekers from Iraq, Ukraine and Iran and smaller numbers of refugees from some African countries. Moreover, as a result of the escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the early days of April 2016, some new displacement occurred in Armenia. UNHCR therefore promptly engaged in field monitoring, and initiated a modest, targeted humanitarian response for the vulnerable families displaced from NK in Armenia. Hence, out of 2,247 persons (around 681 families) seeking protection in Armenia, 1429 persons (411 families) have so far benefitted from UNHCR cash-based interventions.
Built on the progress made in the previous years, namely, in the field of legislative reforms, the establishing of asylum procedures, and humanitarian response network the following UNHCR strategic priorities for 2015-2017 are:
Working with partners
UNHCR Armenia’s primary government partners are the State Migration Service, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora. Most of UNHCR’s activities in Armenia are conducted through and in close cooperation with partners; UNHCR main project partners are: State Migration Service, Mission Armenia NGO, Armenian Red Cross Society, KASA Swiss Humanitarian Foundation, Save the Children International and Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development National Center (SME-DNC). Moreover, UNHCR closely cooperates with the Ombudsman Office and a broad range of operational partners, including, Armenian Caritas, OXFAM, Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation, ‘’Aleppo’’ Compatriotic Charitable NGO, many of which have been supported by UNHCR in project design and fund-raising efforts. The Office is an active member of the UNCT and has joint activities with IOM, UNICEF and UNDP and, together with IOM, has successfully promoted the inclusion of a migration displacement specific outcome into the 2016-2020 UNDAF.
Protection, including asylum capacity building
Basic needs and essential services
Promotion of durable solutions by way of integration and strengthening of self-reliance
Prevention and reduction of statelessness
UNHCR is grateful for the generous contributions of donors who have supported the UNHCR operation in Armenia.