The Population Movement direction of the Armenian Red Cross is providing asylum seekers and refugees in RA with basic legal counseling, psychosocial assistance and advocacy. The direction is also implementing regular border monitoring, and is involved in activities aimed at integration of refugees, as well as prevention and fighting against Sex and Gender based violence in RA.
The Project seeks to address the following priority areas for UNHCR in Armenia during 2015 (i) to improve reception conditions for asylum-seekers; (ii) to increase self-reliance and local integration; (iii) prevention and response to SGBV.
Reception conditions for asylum-seekers
Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) together with its psychologist regularly visits the reception center and provides to the residents both one-to-one and group information and counseling
Income Generation Component
ARCS will grant with toolkits to those refugees/refugee-like PoCs who want to start up a business and have lack of tools.. ARCS is organizing business start-up training for potential entrepreneurs.
Border monitoring and capacity building of border officials
ARCS representatives will conduct monthly monitoring and assistance visits jointly with UNHCR to border crossing points (BCP) and airports, conduct interviews with detained potential asylum-seekers at BCPs, identify protection risks and needs to provide appropriate response to humanitarian needs of detained asylum-seekers at borders
Prevention and response to SGBV; provision of psychological support
In order to increase the prevention and quality response to SGBV, ARCS carries out trainings , working group meetings and information sessions for implementation partners
Psychological counselling and support
ARCS two part-time psychologists will take referrals and provide psychological support to SGBV survivors, as well as those with PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) survivors who may require more regular psychological support.
Sewing Machines for Syrian Armenians
Psychological training for Syrian-Armenian women
Community mobilization and enhancement
''16 Days against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)''
Training on «National Security and Refugee Protection» for senior entry officials of Zvartnots airport
Fair-exhibition to support income-generating activities of Syrian Armenians
Armenian Red Cross Society supports Syrian Armenians
Information session at Reception Center for Asylum-Seekers
From vulnerability to self-sufficiency
Children’s Corner in the Reception Center for Asylum-Seekers