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Introduction of Dual Citizenship Institute in Armenia


The training course will be dedicated to present Dual Citizenship (DC) experience around the world, and will touch the general legal specificities of DC Arrangements in Armenia, existing Proposals on DC for Armenia with a focus on the special aspects Repatriation and Obligatory Military Service.


The course will be based on the on three of the following research papers.



Narine  Solomonyan

The International Experience of Regulating Citizenship



The right of citizenship originates from the provisions of international legal acts, which have already been mentioned on constitutional and legal levels in the majority of the countries. The forms of citizenship, especially dual citizenship, need special regulation.


The right to have double citizenship has existed for more than two thousand years. It has passed all the way from the complete rejection of dual citizenship to its conventional and legislative adoption. Historically, the concept of dual citizenship developed along with the citizenship: 

  • Ancient approach,
  • Medieval approach,
  • Contemporary approach.

 According to the RA Constitution of 1995 the dual citizenship was explicitly banned by the following reasons: the difficulties that could be arise from the execution of rights and performance of obligations of the dual citizens. Another reason was the unacceptable involvement of foreigners into political life of the Republic of Armenia and interference of other states into the domestic and foreign policies of the Republic of Armenia. An argument in favor of adoption of dual citizenship was the existence of a large Diaspora of Armenians, which should have had opportunities to be involved into the legal, economical and cultural life of Armenia. In particular, this reason formed the fundamental basis for legalizing dual citizenship on constitutional level and the future of dual citizens depends on its legislative regulation.


The amended Constitution (2005) includes a provision regarding the status of dual citizenship. The provision merely states that the rights and obligations of dual citizens must be regulated by the law. Concerning this constitutional provision there are two important questions: what dual citizenship (definition) is, and who dual citizens are and what kind of rights and obligations they must have.



Satenik Mkrtchyan and Ruzanna Tsaturyan

Socio-cultural Aspects of Youth Repatriation to the RA (The Case of Armenians from Islamic Republic of Iran; “Parskahays”)



The main flows of repatriation to Soviet Armenia took place in 1920, 1946-48, and 1962-1973, as a result of which more than 200,000 ethnic Armenians returned to Soviet Armenia. Another flow of immigration was observed in post-Soviet period, though with changing intensity, which was quite different by its content, circumstances and implementation mechanisms. Thus, the term of repatriation in latter case should be discussed separately.


This paper presents the historical background of the abovementioned flows and discusses the characteristics of the last flow, presenting some quantitative (statistical) data. Some aspects of young repatriates’ participation in Armenia’s socio-cultural and public spheres are also discussed.


The data gathered from RA public administration bodies, other printed materials and quantitative data collected serve as empirical basis of the paper.



Hovsep Khurshudyan

Possible Solutions of the Problem of Serving in the Armenian Army of Dual Citizenship



The question of Dual Citizenship is a complex and multilateral problem, but sooner or later its solution must be found. This question was placed on the agenda in 1991, when Armenia gained its independence.


The paper includes the arguments of those who reject the necessity of the acceptance of Dual Citizenship, description and mechanisms of the establishment of a special military base where Diaspora volunteers and Armenian citizens will jointly serve, possible obstacles within this issue, the possible serving of new and traditional Diaspora dual citizens at the national army, why Armenia was not handling the involvement of its Diaspora in the military actions and etc.