YEREVAN. – Those who departed from Armenia in January-February 2012 is 17,500 more than those who arrived in the country. This data is announced by the Migration Service of Armenia’s Regional Governance Ministry, Haykakan Zhamanak daily writes.
“In the same time period last year, the number of those who left was 12 thousand more than those who arrived. This year the departure-arrival negative balance grew by 5,500 people. These official statistics figures show that 45 percent more people have left [Armenia] and not returned in the first two months of 2012, as compared with the same time period last year. In 2010, the number of those left was 9,090 more than those who arrived, [and] 7,900 more in 2009. That is, the number of those who depart and do not return constantly continues to grow [in Armenia] in the past four years,” Haykakan Zhamanak writes.