Since the events that took place in Armenia last year, the number of Armenian citizens seeking asylum in the EU has dropped by about 60%. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated this during the question and answer session in Paris with representatives of the Armenian community organizations of France, on November 12, referring to the issue of visa liberalization with the EU.
"Today real estate prices in Armenia have grown tremendously over the last 1.5 years," Pashinyan said. “This is a result of the fact that many of our compatriots in the old and new Diaspora are just buying real estate in Armenia. The strategy of the government is as follows: To create all opportunities especially for the return of the representatives of the new Diaspora.
If visa liberalization talks begin this year, (...), it will take some time for a final solution. Compared to 2016, in 2018-2019 the trends of emigration [from Armenia] decreased by about 90%.”
He expressed conviction that before the visa liberalization decisions are reached, emigration from Armenia will be reduced by 100%, and we will have immigration. "I hope that as a result of our reforms also in the field of economy and education, we will change the image of Armenia in general," the Prime Minister emphasized. "Armenia should be proud of the Diaspora, and the Diaspora—of Armenia."