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Presentation on “Influence of the Government Policy and International Aid on Identity of Syrian Armenians in the Republic of Armenia (2011-2015)”

Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC)-Armenia invites you to a presentation on

“Influence of the Government Policy and International Aid on Identity of Syrian Armenians in the Republic of Armenia (2011-2015)”


to be delivered by Daria Vorobyeva (CRRC-Armenia International Fellow)


Date:               April 16, 2015

Time:              14:30-16:00

Location:        CRRC-Armenia, 1 Alex Manoogian Str, Library bld., 6th Floor, Room 602

Language:      English

General Overview:


Although the history of Armenian presence within Syria is long, most Armenians arrived to Syria as a result of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. Since then, Armenians firmly established themselves in Syria, ascending both the social and economic ladders. Members of the Armenian diaspora in Syria operated schools, churches and cultural centers. However, since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in 2011, about 12-15%, or about 12 000, of the Syrian-Armenian population has left Syria to repatriate to Armenia. 

The research analyses the change in identity of the Syrian-Armenians who moved to Armenia since 2011 and claims that the process of change essentially depends on the attitude and help of the local authorities, local and international NGOs and churches in the receiving country. Another important factor considered is the difference between job markets in the two countries. Based on surveys, interviews, reports, existing academic and non-academic literature and through the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods, the research discusses the influence of the abovementioned factors on the identity of Syrian-Armenians in RA. It attempts to show the structure of the organization of help for Syrian-Armenians, its practical results and how it affects the self-identification of the newcomers from Syria.

Short Bio:

Daria holds a Bachelor’s from the Socio-Economic faculty at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosow Moscow State University (2010), MA in Politics at the same university (2012) and in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh (2012). She spent several weeks travelling in Syria in 2012, collecting information for her MA dissertation on Russian-Syrian relations. Daria has several publications in Russian. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland, UK). Her thesis is titled: “Self-Identification in the Context of Political Instability: An Examination of the Impact of the Uprising on Syrian Christian Identities.”



If interested, please, confirm your attendance via or call  (010) 574898, 574868 before April 15, 2015 at 12:00, mentioning your name and organizational affiliation. 


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