On the evening of March 24, 2006 the New York Armenian Students’ Association and the Armenian Hokee Club at NYU organized an open discussion on the topic of "Temporary Labor Migration from Armenia" at the New York University in New York, NY. The seminar was conducted by Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan (AIPRG). The presentation was based on Mr. Gevorkyan’s article co-authored with Arkady Gevorkyan and Karina Mashuryan Economics of Labor Migration from Armenia: A Conceptual Study. The paper was originally presented by the authors at the 2006 AIPRG Fourth Annual Conference.
At the NYU seminar Mr. Gevorkyan touched upon the various issues of labor migration from Armenia and its long-term effects on country’s development, offering a novel approach to analysis and resolution of the phenomenon’s detrimental externalities. The crux was the idea that – in the current circumstances of continuous loss of productive resources due to outward permanent migration from Armenia and rudiment protective legal framework of the migrants abroad – creating and further developing conditions for a regulated temporary labor migration, encouraging rotation and skills exchange, resulted in positive feedback to Armenia’s [and by extension recipient country’s economy.
The original paper included an overview of the international experience with regulated labor flows and developed a unique methodological approach in viewing the macroeconomic effects of the temporary migration. In addition, the paper derived a concept of a regulatory regime focusing on Armenia’s reality. The seminar centered on the concept model. In particular, factoring in the concerns for migrants’ benefits and legal status abroad and hence the required legislation framework, Mr. Gevorkyan argued for the Diaspora’s pivotal role in the proposed regulation regime. There, a local Diasporan community group is at the center of the model formally and indirectly influencing the temporary migration process. The model engages various aspects of Armenia’s economic development including the idea of the Pan-Armenian Bank, recognizing the need for a formal money transfer vehicle for the migrants. Such bank would have served as the base for providing loans to migrants’ families and funding education and infrastructural projects in Armenia, which however can work only in a regulated environment.
The presentation was supplemented with questions and answers session that ran for over an hour. Overall, the questions coming from the audience – a mix of students, young professionals and more experienced experts interested in the Armenia related issues – were challenging and addressed the various aspects of the concept model setup and peculiarities of its practical operation. Of special interest was the topic of the Armenian community in Russia that was referred to in the original paper as a country with highest intake of Armenia’s temporary workers. The audience was interested to hear about the history and the potential of the community from the presenter. The seminar ended with several people expressing their views on the subject, reinforcing the idea of the Armenia-Diaspora tighter cooperation at all levels.
The event was followed by a reception accompanied with informal group discussions.
Attached Files: Lecture Presentation